Top Ten Reasons Singles Aren't Marrying
by Steve Watters on 10/25/2006 at 3:30 PM
Why has the marriage rate dropped 40 percent over the last four decades? Why are people spending less and less of their lives married?
In a new book called The Singlehood Phenomenon, Dr. Tom and Dr. Beverly Rodgers identify what they call the "top ten brutally honest reasons singles aren't getting married." We haven't formally reviewed this book and so I can't speak to all its particulars, but the authors seem to have captured well the top reasons we hear from you and see in the reports that come across our desk.
What do you think of the top ten they've captured?
- Skepticism about love and marriage
- Lack of faith in God's provision
- Unresolved issues from the past
- Confusion about the rules (of dating/courtship)
- A poor understanding of the purpose of marriage
- Fear of getting hurt
- Wanting the perfect mate
- Not dealing with prior heartbreak
- An unbalanced emphasis on career (wanting to get established before getting married)
- Concern that their marriage will fail