Millennials are redefining everything, including their relationships. Millennials get a bad wrap, as older generations are always critical of emerging adults. Children of the great recession have grown into adults and are navigating the world. They have different values than prior generations and it affects their relationships.
Most Millennials, like Gen-Xers, have delayed marriage. One reason could be that millennials, in general, have more education than previous generations. In the past, people attended college expecting to meet someone to marry. Nowadays, millennial women are just as career driven as their male counterparts. Millennial power couples tend to have the same education levels and their careers are equally important to the relationship.
Millennial power couples are also less likely to have children. In 1950, most women had their first child before age 25. In the current era, most women now have their first child by 30. Today’s power couples age, waiting to have children, focusing on education and careers.
Millennial power couples are also more likely to have an egalitarian approach to their relationships. Both partners work outside the home contributing to their finances. Both partners equally share house hold responsibilities. This is, in part, because the days of the housewife are declining. In today’s economy, it takes two incomes to live comfortably.
Millennials are also less likely to identify with a religious institution. Most millennials have no religious affiliation. This has changed the dynamic of relationships, with more people having premarital sex and choosing cohabitation either before, or in lieu of, traditional marriage.
Millennials have a different experience in dating and marriage than their parents had. They are redefining gender roles and power dynamics in their relationships. They are redefining what it means to be a family, what a relationship looks like. They are egalitarian-career-focused-child-waiting young adults and it will be interesting to see what other changes this generation makes.