In America, why do so many married couples get divorced?They are mainly divorced because they are not quite ready to live their lives on their own. Can you please help me explain more logically...

In America, why do so many married couples get divorced?

They are mainly divorced because they are not quite ready to live their lives on their own. Can you please help me explain more logically about my reasoning. Show statistics and percentages. Give examples. Please !

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Many Americans feel like they need to get married. It is part of the American dream myth. People marry because they feel like they are supposed to. Sometimes they rush into things without really making sure they will work. Americans are also impatient with imperfection. We don't like to stick things through.
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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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It's possible that divorce is rising for a number of reasons. A larger population probably leads to more marriages which might translate into larger numbers being divorced. Perhaps people are growing up with a greater sense of entitlement, and maybe this makes them less willing to compromise. Also, there is less stigma attached to divorce and it's become easier to divorce, so people have less restrictions to prevent them from walking away.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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For one thing, there is less social stigma associated with divorce than in past generations, and women have more access to the workplace, as mentioned above.  Infidelity is no more common than it was in earlier times, in fact, it may be less common, but it is less tolerated by spouses than it used to be, and divorce is more often the result.

It should be noted that the divorce rate in the United States is dropping, and has been since the early 1990s.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I am not sure that it makes sense to say they divorce because they're not ready to live on their own.  You would think people who aren't ready to live on their own would stay together.

I think that there are some major reasons why people divorce:

  • It is more possible than it used to be in legal term.  You used to have to prove that your spouse had cheated on you, been cruel to you, stuff like that.  Now, you can just say it isn't working out and be divorced.
  • It is more possible for women to survive economically outside of marriage.  Now that women can have good jobs and careers, they are less "stuck."
  • You can argue that divorce has increased because people have higher expectations.  They want perfect lives now and get frustrated and bail on their marriages if things go wrong.  They have unrealistic expectations about what their married lives should be like.

Look around in the pewresearch.org links for more info -- that is a very reputable source.

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