Agree or Disagree: It is better to get married younger than older.

One of the things I enjoy doing in the morning is checking the News Feed on Facebook and Twitter.

Today, I read an article and a comment that got me thinking today. 

First the comment, which was from a girl who got married at 19. Some of you, like me, might not think this is a good idea. This is what she said.

 I’m not sure why the attitude towards marriage has shifted. I married at 19, and I’m not even 30 yet. Perhaps I was born in the wrong time period, but it was great to navigate my 20s with a steady partner. We didn’t have kids right away either. For the first 5 years or so it was just the two of us against the world. Was it easy? Not always. Was it worth it? Absolutely.

Seriously, why are people waiting? I don’t get it.

Why are people waiting?  That is a good question. Which, of course, leads to the article.

It’s this

As a Christian, I know how instilled the idea of waiting until marriage was, not encouraged, but quite frankly expected. I also know that the word pornography was frowned upon. Many Christians will argue that this is based on Scripture. However, that does not mean that it hasn’t happened.

To avoid these temptations, many Christians would suggest to marry younger Not only that, many people, Christian or not, have believed that marriage was a “right of passage” into adulthood. However, the trend is to get married older. The average age for men is 31.1 and for women it’s 29.1. This is the highest average age it has ever been in Canada. (It is also interesting to note that 40% of marriages end in divorce)

There is no question that attitude has changed of how we look at marriage. However, if you were giving advice to someone who is younger, would you recommend getting married younger or older?


3 responses to “Agree or Disagree: It is better to get married younger than older.

  1. I married at 21 and have been married for nearly 22 years. Never regretted it. I think society now encourages young adults to remain in a state of adolescence. I don’t get why people just don’t want to grow up. Either that or they want schooling and careers that will always be there before having children. Sorry, but God put a time limit on being fruitful and multiplying.
    Also, I have done more and had many more experiences as a married woman than I ever would have had single. Even got a Master’s degree and traveled to Europe, and I know that would have never happened had I remained single. Just my 2 cents.

  2. Michelle and I are cut of the same cloth. I can agree with her statement basically word for word. Only we have only been married for 17 years.
    Interesting now that when my 19 year old tells me he’s thinking of asking his GF to marry him I tried to convince him to wait a bit. A bit hypocritical of me to get married at 21 and not agree with my son being married at 20.

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