There were a couple articles I came across recently that talked about the dwindling popularity of marriage and the inevitable increase of babies being born outside a marriage. According to Time, one out of four babies are born to unwed parents, which has nearly doubled in the last decade.
More couples are opting to live together in mutual commitment as opposed to tying the knot with all those legalities.
I remember talking to my aunt a few nights ago, who has been engaged for at least a couple years now, and she told me the outrageous costs of a ceremony along with the politics of who's invited and who's snubbed is what's keeping her from walking down the aisle.
She and her fiancé have been living together for at least five years and own a house together.
Aside from some of the legal perks of marriage, the popular opinion seems to be that it's not a necessary step in life. I find myself on the fence about the matter too.
What do you think? Do you think marriage is obsolete or its popularity is dwindling? Why?
Time article here.