Marriage and the Trap
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Marriage is a topic of discussion between couples and friends. Some teenagers look forward to marriage while some distest the entire concept. Life experiences change how people view marriage and whether they look forward to it or not. Many people have a preconception of marriage based on how marriage is viewed in their family, if their parents had a happy marriage or not. Some think of it in a positive light and view it as being in love with a best friend, though there are some who view marriage as a trap.
“No one in my family has been divorced, so I did not know what divorce was most of my life. I [also realized] that some people choose to date forever and not get married and that changed my view on marriage, as well as the divorce statistics,” says Senior Samantha Britt .
Marriage is coveted in many cultures and both genders are excited for it. Though in America, the percentage of marriages have hit an all time low.
“I think the shift of people wanting to get married less may be caused by a recent increase of technology and people having access to each other without being married. People can communicate with each other, so they may be less likely to actually get married because of stories of divorce and access to facts,” claims Junior James Crowley.
The percentage of first marriages ending in divorce is 41%. When people think of marriage they think of love and living with their best friend for the rest of their life. Though this a component of a healthy marriage, many are forgetting about components such as communication and faith.
“[When I think of marriage] the word ‘faith’ comes to mind. You have to believe that each partner will play their role in the marriage in order for there to be a functioning relationship,” says Junior Brian Gutierrez-Ceballos.
When some hear the percentage of first marriages ending in divorce, they can get deterred or falter with their thoughts of marriage. Yet, this is not true for everyone.
“[The percentage] is scary, but it also makes me feel eager to be apart of that 59% of successful [first] marriages,” says Junior Kendric Lindsey.
Ideas change constantly, and the idea of marriage is no different. Though some people’s ideas do not change.
“[I do not think marriage is a trap] I think most people need to wait and make sure they’re marrying the right person and not just jumping into it. [When I think of marriage] I think of happiness and love and I’ve just gotten more excited about marriage as I have gotten older,” says Senior Anna Padgett.