"THIS JUST IN" Why Marriage Won't Become Obsolete Anytime Soon!
Commitment-phobic men worldwide were undoubtedly throwing underground parties everywhere with the release of the recent Pew Research/Time Magazine poll that contends 40 percent of Americans believe that marriage is becoming obsolete.
But, I'd caution those with cold feet not to warm up to the idea that they'll dodge the matrimonial bullet and cling to their freedom forever as a result of these findings. Don't believe the hype! Remember the Y2K scare?
Certainly during these progressive times, marriage is less popular than it was in June Cleaver's day, primarily because being single carries fewer taboos. Additionally, women are deferring wedded bliss to pursue successful careers.
Still, this time-honored institution will always be more the rule than the exception. Why? First of all, there are more benefits than drawbacks, which include financial/tax advantages, regular “whoopee,” stability and other perks.
And perhaps equally important is the “pride in ownership” principle. Women love the idea of “ownership” — whether it's designer shoes, a lovely home, or dare I say, a spouse! And “having papers” on our significant others, in our minds equates to the same thing.
Don't believe me? The next time you hear a woman introduce her hubby, notice the way she “proclaims him” as if he's a prized possession or a prestigious award she's won! Not to mention, the fact that we've been socialized to choose this way of life, complete with the white picket fence.
With this being the case, like it or not (most) women will opt for marriage, give ultimatums to enforce it, fight for it, preserve it, and perpetuate it for many, many years to come.
So I'd advise savvy guys who want peace and other privileges to be heart-smart and embrace the sage words of Beyonce: “If you like it then you shoulda' put a ring on it!”