Most people love them some Jen Anniston. “Why won’t a man just put a ring on that smooth and silky Aveeno sponsored hand of hers?,” we so commonly ask upon seeing her flawless skin/face/body/eyes on screen. We can’t help but feel bad for the woman, as she was the beloved victim of what is disputably, the most notable and jarring Hollywood splits in history.
Well pity not, Aniston admirers, the blue-eyed beauty is perfectly fine with the way things are going with her and actor/screenwriter beau, Justin Theroux, (whom she’s been engaged to since last August). “We just want to [get married] when it’s perfect, and we’re not rushed, and no one is rushing from a job or rushing to a job,” Aniston stated while promoting her sure-to-disappoint summer flick, We’re the Millers.
“And, you know, we already feel married,” she added.
Aniston then continued to answer the media’s questions—none of which had to do with the movie—and denounced any cold feet/broken engagement rumours as “Not true”, adding, “We have yet to set any dates. There have been no canceled weddings. There have been no postponed weddings. There have been no arguments about where to get married. Just clearing that up.”
Have you ever found yourself in a similar position? One where in-laws, friends and family members insist you and your partner get married, pronto?
“What’s the rush?,” you respond, thus entering a confrontational battleground that you’re so obviously outnumbered in.
Well, my martial pressured pals, let me arm you with an arsenal of weaponry to battle this peer pressure. Your most effective argument when fighting this battle, is statistical evidence, trust me. Here are some of the best stats:
Cohabitation is becoming more common: Between 2006 and 2011, the number of common-law couples rose 13.9 per cent, more than four times the 3.1 per cent increase for married couples. Meaning, for the first time ever, the number of common-law families surpassed the number of lone-parent families, 16.7 to 16.3 per cent. According to Status of Women Canada (updated in January of this year), the percentage of women in common-law relationships has steadily increased over the last few decades, reflecting a “greater social acceptance of this living arrangement.”
People are getting married later in life
The Brookings Institution recently released a report that found, on average, men are getting married at 29 and women, at 27—a historic high. “Culturally, young adults have increasingly come to see marriage as a ‘capstone’ rather than a ‘cornerstone,’” said researchers. “That is, something they do after they have all their other ducks in a row, rather than a foundation for launching into adulthood and parenthood.”
Marriage rates are at an all-time low
A new report by Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Marriage and Family Research found that the U.S. marriage rate has decreased from 31 married women per every 1,000 unmarried women. Meaning for every 1,000 unmarried women, 31 of those previously single women got married in the last year. The national marriage rate in 1920 was much higher, at 92 married women.
Divorce rates are high
The same report found that there is a dramatic increase in the number of women who are separated or divorced as well. In 1920, less than 1 per cent of women were divorced. Today, that number is 15 per cent. “The divorce rate remains high, and individuals today are less likely to remarry than they were in the past,” reports Brown.