Apparently, millennials really do ruin everything. The latest? Millennials are making the divorce rate in the U.S. decline.
When it comes to marriage, millennials are taking a different approach from baby boomers. New data shows the divorce rate in the U.S. has gone down 18 percent from 2008 to 2016. Generation X and especially millennials are getting pickier about their partners. They’re getting married at older ages, and waiting until they’re stable in their education, careers and finances.
Bloomberg reports baby boomers usually married young, divorced and re-married. Young people get all the credit for the decreasing divorce rate because baby boomers are still getting divorced at higher rates, even in their 60’s and 70’s. Today, millennials are waiting until they have everything else around them in check.
The end result? A plummeting U.S. divorce rate. A sociology professor from the University of Maryland credits younger women for the decline. He says that younger women are more likely to get married when they’re over the age of 25 and are more likely to have already earned at least a bachelor’s degree.