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Marriage Rates Decline In today’s society, it is becoming less common for Americans to follow the traditional path of getting married or maintaining a marital relationship. More people are getting divorced or opting out of marriage for different reasons. Whether the issue lies with infidelity, establishing a career, or parenthood, expectations of marriage have increased. According to Enjoli Francis in the article, “Marriage Rate Falls to Record Low in U.S., Pew Says,” the percentage of U.S adults (18+) getting married has dropped 21% from 1960. Both men and women have different reasons for choosing not to marry. Popular reasons for men include: not wanting children, consumed by a career, poor communication skills, and social independence and sexual freedom. Popular reasons for women not getting married include: intimidating to men of lower occupational position, waiting for the man to propose, financial and social independence, and happiness. According to Leanna Wolfe, “single females are likely to be much happier than married females” (p. 2). Wives tend to feel like housemaids when duties consist of preparing meals, doing laundry, taking care of children, etc. Commitment and trust in a marital relationship are important factors of a successful marriage. Commitment can be seen concretely through faithfulness, or abstractly through support and encouragement. “Couples who are committed to one another and determined to endure in spite of temporary unhappiness during ceretain stages of their marriage may, in the long run, achieve greater happiness in life than those couples who decide to terminate their marriages because they find themselves in an unhappy period” (Nock, p. 94).
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Many marriages end in divorce because of a partner’s unfaithfulness. Fisher argues there is a shift in our perception of infidelity and divorce because people are realizing there is a strong need for physical passion and a stimulus of dopamine. It is argued that couples who agree to allow their partners to have brief sexual encounters are able to sustain their relationship in an unconvential, yet desirable way. “Casual sex can trigger the brain systems for romantic love and/or feelings of deep attachment” (Fisher,
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2012 for the course COM 336 taught by Professor Larrynadler during the Spring '12 term at Miami University.

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