Let's face it, from all of the available research we have reviewed about marriage and its benefits, the one benefit that stands out most is this: more and more people who get married are getting married "because marriage is a status symbol."
Over the years, we have identified many benefits of marriage. The fact of the matter is this — marriage has become an important indicator of a successful personal life in the United States and around the world! Marriage is the single greatest contributor to social order on planet Earth and the most profound commitment to lasting love that exists. Those who question its importance ignore the facts.
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Statistically, there is substantial support for our point of view. According to the best estimates we can find, there were nearly 45,000,000 marriages worldwide last year. There were approximately 9,000,000 divorces in the same year. If you do the math you can see that worldwide, marriages outnumber divorces by a ratio of 5 to 1. Stated clearly and succinctly, there were five marriages for every one divorce in the world last year. Hardly sounds like the death of marriage to us!
As love and marriage experts, we have seen a positive trend developing over the years and it is highly encouraging. The good news is more and more couples are committed to making their marriage work. In a society that is often characterized as "a disposable society," marriage has too many benefits to be routinely "disposed."
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Interestingly, it is clear that some 75 percent (three-quarters) of folks who get married today met the traditional ways (work and school, friends and family, church/synagogue/place of worship). Just 20 percent get married who meet through bars and social events, or from online dating sites. Traditional ways of meeting a future spouse continue to dominate for those who ultimately get married. Keep reading...
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