Average time for dating before marriage

14-Feb-2020 16:01

Young and old, married and unmarried are equally skeptical. Especially for those who have never wed, marriage remains a life goal.About six-in-ten (61%) men and women who have never married say they would like to get married, according to the 2010 Pew Research survey.

Among widowed men and women, only 8% want to wed again.

About four-in-ten (39%) young women say that having a successful marriage is “one of the most important things” in their life, compared with about three-in-ten (29%) young men who say so. But in other realms of life asked about in the 2010 Pew Research survey, most people do not think either married or single people have an easier time of it.

In fact, about half or more think there is no difference between being married or single in the ease of having a fulfilling sex life, being financially secure, finding happiness, getting ahead in a career or having social status.

The median age at first marriage, which declined for the first half of the 20 century, has been rising since then.

As recently as the early 1980s, the median age for men was 25 and for women 22.

Among widowed men and women, only 8% want to wed again.

About four-in-ten (39%) young women say that having a successful marriage is “one of the most important things” in their life, compared with about three-in-ten (29%) young men who say so. But in other realms of life asked about in the 2010 Pew Research survey, most people do not think either married or single people have an easier time of it.

In fact, about half or more think there is no difference between being married or single in the ease of having a fulfilling sex life, being financially secure, finding happiness, getting ahead in a career or having social status.

The median age at first marriage, which declined for the first half of the 20 century, has been rising since then.

As recently as the early 1980s, the median age for men was 25 and for women 22.

Only 12% say they do not want to marry and 27% are not sure.