“It's not that they're entirely noncommittal, it's just that they're nimble and open to change.”It’s not a new concept, entirely.
In the 1970s, the anthropologist Margaret Mead predicted the growing popularity of "serial monogamy," involving a string of monogamous marriages.
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Helen Fisher, the biological anthropologist, has advocated for much of the same: she believes humans aren’t meant to be together forever, but in short-term, monogamous relationships of three or four years.
Stephanie Coontz, the author of , has advised a marriage contract "reup" every five years — or before every major transition in life — "with a new set of vows that reflect what the couple has learned.”More recently, Mexico City lawmakers proposed (unsuccessfully) a “renewable” marriage concept, whereby couples could simply renew or dissolve their unions after a period of two years. The data show clearly that the longer we wait to get married the more successful our marriages will be.
You could say I beta-tested my relationship.It began with a platform migration (a cross-country move) and a bandwidth challenge (cohabitation in a 450-sq.-ft. There was a false start (botched marriage proposal). We tried to take the product public before we were ready (I wrote about our relationship in It’s a joke, kind of — except that when it comes to millennials and marriage, the beta test may be par for the course. For a generation reared on technology, overwhelmed by choice, feedback and constant FOMO, isn’t , which premiered on USA Network last week, trend researchers asked 1,000 people about their attitudes toward marriage.
They found all sorts of things: among them, that people cheat on the Internet (uh huh), that young people don’t think their relationships are like their parents’ (of course), and that everyone seems to have taken to the term of millennials (43%, and higher among the youngest subset) said they would support a marriage model that involved a two-year trial — at which point the union could be either formalized or dissolved, no divorce or paperwork required.