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Is marriage too middle class for singles?

Posted on: August 15, 2013 13:26:25

Is marriage too middle class for singles?While singles of a certain age may think that all of their friends are settling down and getting married, it seems fewer couples are prioritising this commitment - and many are choosing not to walk down the aisle at all.

Research carried out by the University of Virginia and Harvard University revealed exchanging vows in front of friends and family is increasingly being viewed as a middle class occasion, as many people cannot afford an expensive ceremony and reception in this day and age.

Lead author of the investigation Sarah Corse - associate professor of sociology at the University of Virginia's College of Arts and Sciences - said working class people who have fewer resources and little stability often find it difficult to imagine being able to provide for another person.

As part of the study, entitled Intimate Inequalities: Love and Work in a Post-Industrial Landscape, 300 working and middle class adults in the US were asked to answer questions about particular scenarios that examined their personality type.

Conclusions revealed that college-educated middle class workers were more resilient when faced with the effects of possible insecure work in tough times, making them more able to commit to marriage.

Researchers, who questioned individuals from a range of ethnic backgrounds, found people who are living in an unstable situation often have difficulty trusting others because of the perceived higher risk of betrayal.

Harvard sociologist Jennifer Silva also noted that working class people may find it difficult to meet material or financial obligations.

Ms Corse said: "Working-class people with insecure work and few resources, little stability and no ability to plan for a foreseeable future become concerned with their own survival and often become unable to imagine being able to provide materially and emotionally for others."

The research could be good news for singles who are simply hoping to get back into the dating game and have fun, as it means there could potentially be more people out there who have the same beliefs as you.

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