Millennials apparently have way lower divorce rates than their parents—and the reason makes so much sense

We can now add one more thing to the growing list of things millennials are killing. After “ruining” homeownership and mayonnaise, young people are in the process of spoiling yet another major American industry: divorce. According to an analysis done by Philip Cohen, a University of Maryland sociology professor, the U.S. divorce rate has dropped 18 percent from 2008 to 2016.

It seems young couples are taking a different approach to relationships than their parents, who often married young. On the whole, millennials are choosing their partners more carefully and delaying marriage until their finances and careers are stable.

"Marriage is more and more an achievement of status, rather than something that people do regardless of how they’re doing," Cohen said, according to Bloomberg. "The trends described here represent progress toward a system in which marriage is rarer and more stable than it was in the past."

Cohen specifically credits millennial women for the decline, noting that they usually have a bachelor’s degree or higher and are less likely to already have children when they enter into marriage.

However, Cohen also noted another important factor in these results: social class. More and more low-income Americans are opting not to get married at all, meaning that the lower divorce rate also reflects a growing divide among socioeconomic classes.

What are your thoughts on this trend?

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