Right now, across the globe, love is at risk. Not only is the marriage rate declining, but the birth rate is also falling at an alarming pace. It's a serious problem not only for those living now, but for the next generation of children about to be born. Here are the facts:
1. The marriage rate is dropping. In the U.S., the marriage rate dropped by a shocking 66 percent between 1950 and 2011. According to a New York Times article by Susan Coontz, if this continues, no women will be getting married by the year 2043 in this country! That's not likely, but it's still scary.
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2. There's a high divorce rate. With nearly 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce, the U.S. ranks 6th out of the top 10 countries with the highest divorce rates. This has been holding steady for some time and has caused many to become disillusioned with marriage.
3. The birth rate is dropping. The birth rate in Western European countries has fallen below the replacement rate of 2.1 children per couple. For example, Germany, Spain, and Italy have very low birth rates at a mere 1.4. That means the population is literally shrinking.
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4. More people are living single. Since women are now more financially independent, many are marrying later, or divorcing and not remarrying, and happily living single. In the U.S., 40 percent of adults in big cities live alone. That's a dramatic shift as America teeters on becoming a nation of singles, with only 51 percent of adults being married. Keep reading...
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