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Getting Hitched in America

We’ve all heard it before: People today are waiting longer to get married and have children. In fact, marital trends for both sexes have risen an average of seven years. In 1960, for example, the average man getting hitched was 22, and in 2012 he is 29. In 1960 the average age of brides was 20, and in 2012 that number has risen to 27. Although the age we say “I do,” has gone up, brides are still, on average, two years younger than their grooms. Many speculate that young people are more concerned with establishing a career than building a home life.

When it comes to intercourse, women between the ages of 14 and 29 are having more of it than their male counterparts – 5.8 percent of them are, anyway. When men turn 30, the tables turn, and 8.6 percent more men than women are having sex. For example, 62 percent of females between the age of 18 and 19 are having sex, while only 53 percent of their male counterparts are acting similarly. Once they reach the age of 30, however, things change, and 85 percent of men between 30 and 39 are engaging in sex, but only 74 percent of women are doing the same. Men over the age of 70 are still having sex – 43 percent. Meanwhile, only 22 percent of women over the age of 70 still feel the need to make things steamy.

In the modern world, having children is a completely different story than it used to be. Whereas once the single-parent family was a rarity, this is no longer the case. Today, 48 percent of births occur outside of official wedlock, and only 44 percent of women have a child by age 25. Single-parent homes are turning out to be problematic for children; these kids will be two to three times more likely to exhibit behavioral or emotional issues. In addition, 22 percent of these children will live in poverty. On the flip side of that, only 2 percent of kids who grow up with both parents live in poverty.

Source: Top Counseling Schools

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