(includes some interesting but dry statistics—
it’s okay skip them)
If normal means that you're doing something that lots of other people in their 20s are doing, then it definitely normal to be in a long-term relationship and not think about getting married.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2014 that slightly fewer than half of US adults over age 16 are currently married. The US Census Bureau estimates the average age of first-time brides in 2017 was 27.4 years. For first time grooms its 29.5 Some other recent statistics show:
What isn't clear is the reason you're not at all worried about marriage. It might be that you understand that marriage involves a lot of hard work. If so, you are more aware than many of the women who responded to my recent survey about what they wished they had known before they were married. Many of them were surprised by the work involved. You may be thinking why bother with all that work when we're happy the way we are.
On the other hand, you may see marriage is a very serious commitment that you're not yet ready to undertake. Chances are that you have very little idea of the kinds of benefits that are available when you make a commitment to do the work involved. Some of the women who responded to my survey reported that the rewards of doing the work were well worth the effort involved.
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