I was shocked! How could they make these young couples seem so strange and eccentric for their choices, while other shows on MTV like Bromance and Teen Mom seem to glorify the “different”(according to me) lifestyles, promoting them as fun, exciting and normal. I am not blind, I knew that things were changing. More couples are waiting to get married and are moving in together before tying the knot. However, I do not appreciate the way these situations were represented on television.
Why is it that from the beginning of time up until about 30 years ago these practices were shunned by society: waiting to get married, losing your virginity before marriage and cohabitating. Now all of the sudden we are expected to change our views & values to accept this change in lifestyle.
I guess this is my cue to be prepared, as I see good things disguised as being bad and bad things promoted as good. One more reason to stand strong, define my values and stick to them, and look toward future generations to do the same.
- 70% of couples now cohabitate before marriage – University of Denver study
- About 40% of cohabiting unions in the U.S. break up without the couple getting married. -National Survey’s of Families and Households.
- Cohabiting women were 80% more likely to separate or divorce than were women who had not lived with their spouses before marriage. - Yale University sociologist Neil Bennett
- Non-virgin brides increase their odds of divorce by about 60% - National Survey of Family Growth performed by Dr. Kahn of the University of Maryland and Dr. London of the National Center for Health Statistics