Look around you and you can count on your fingers how many married folks you know. Of course your parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts are included in this list. But besides those belonging to the previous generation, you might find it even more difficult to count that number when it comes to your social circle. Of course, there will be a handful of wedded colleagues and buddies like the sweethearts who got hitched out of college or the friend who agreed to a match-making setup. But overall, millennials and marriages aren't exactly a match made in heaven.
In general, the number of people getting married has fallen steeply. The Coronavirus pandemic could only cause these numbers to drop further. Figures have shown the rate of people getting married in 2018 fell at 6.5%. That's an all-time low since the statistics were started in the 1800s.
So why is it happening?
It has come down to their mindset. Those in their 20s and 30s are increasingly ditching the formal concept of marriage and opting for live-in relationships instead.
Middle income earners with a high school education have impacted this decline in marital numbers.
Those lacking commitment to religion has contributed to live-in relationships without marriage.
Economic security also has to do with it as, in this financial climate, many aren't sure about certain about starting their lives together and what their future will look like.
The COVID-19 pandemic could only further discourage marriage with the lack of economic and financial security as well as restrictions on travel and socialising in the near future.