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Young adults often have shorter marriages, study says

Several celebrity breakups have been in the news recently. Some of those that found themselves experiencing a high-profile divorce had a marriage that lasted less than three months. With such a short lifespan on their marriage, the couple found themselves being accused of lying to the public so they could make money off of the whole affair.

A similar situation can be had for couples in Jersey City, New Jersey and across the country. Recent studies have shown that marriages among young adults are now often ending within the first three years. The U.S. Census Bureau found in a 2004 study that many marriages were lasting about eight years that year.

Now, what used to be referred to as the "seven-year itch" has been shortened to less than half of its former self. This short-term marriage has put many individuals through the accompanying processes of a separation, including property division, child custody and support determination for spouses and children.

Some are pointing toward today's social mentality of succinct networking and instant gratification. With social venues like Facebook and Twitter, information is often disseminated in small bursts. Comparing the sudden shortening of marriages to the employment world, statistics have shown that many baby boomers stay at their jobs for 10 years or more. Those in the age bracket of 25 to 34 years often stay with their companies for three years, a similar number to the new marriage statistic. This apparent disconnect between generations does not necessarily mean that divorce is on the rise, but it may mean that young adults are not afraid to end a marriage if it has not gone the way they expected.

Source: Nashua Telegraph, "Celebrity divorce a sign of the times," Nov. 14, 2011

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