Why a Strong Economy Is Important For 'Family' Values
Some interesting quotes from sociologists cited in a New York Times article about why marriage is now a mark of "privilege."
A bad economy lowers the cost of having bad values."
Women don’t want to take a risk on somebody who’s not going to be able to provide anything,”
When you have job decline in a big way, that fabric unravels. So even if you bring the jobs back, once the damage is done, it might take a while to repair.”
Don't think that "privilege" means that marriage is something that only middle and wealthy class CAN do. Anyone can fall and love and decide to get married, and marriage is a proven method for couples seeking to move up the income ladder.
But individuals marry when they are able to help themselves first, and when they can't get a handle on their own well-being, they're less likely to contribute to a union where success comes from contributing to the well-being of two people.
Are you married? Why or why not?