Why is it becoming more normalized for people to not get married?

The function of marriage has changed radically within society. Nowadays, marriage is largely symbolic, whereas in the past it was a requirement for people (mainly women) to be accepted and integrated into society. As a consequence, how people nowadays feel about marriage varies considerably based upon their own values and perspectives. Society has become increasingly hostile to traditional values since the Baby Boomer generation - which they perceive as sexist and limiting - although I think there's a growing counter-movement today (Jordan Peterson's popularity, the "tradcon" movement, for example). These movements point out the downsides to societal values becoming less traditional, such as the reality that social relations have become far more atomised and people who DO want to marry often struggle to find people on the same page. (I don't agree with the pro-traditionalist conclusions of these movements AT ALL by the way).

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