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5 ways men and women think differently about marriage

Marriage is the bringing together of two people and two sets of opinions. Here are five ways men and women approach it a little differently.
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: June 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm •  Published: June 16, 2014

Men and women don't exactly think alike when it comes to marriage.

New studies and reports have shown how women and men have differing opinions before they get married and also when they have already tied the knot. From when to get married to the benefits of the institution, the two genders aren't always on the same page.

Following are five ways men and women differ when it comes to marriage.

More older men are getting married than older women

The Office of National Statistics in the United Kingdom found in June that 25 percent of men aged 65 to 69 are getting married, while 21 percent of women of the same age are getting married, The Express reported.

This age group had the largest increase in married couples among both sexes, too, The Express reported.

"It’s interesting that the largest percentage increase in the number of marriages was for older couples, also that the trend for marrying later in life continues to go up,” said Marilyn Stowe from Stowe Family Law to The Express. “The cost of living means that couples need to save for longer and therefore as the country emerges out of recession I would expect the total number of marriages will increase again next year.”

More women find it normal to not be married

New York Magazine published a chart that looked at how many women and men are married by the time they’re 30 years old. The chart asked "how normal is it" for each sex if they’re not married by ages 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40.

For women, the normality of not being married by age 40 is at 84 percent, while for men it’s at 78 percent. At 35, it’s 78 percent normal for women not to be married and 71 percent for men. Women also lead men for normality of not being married by ages 30, 25 and 20, the chart showed.

Men are more reluctant to get married

Lois Collins of Deseret News National wrote in mid-May that men are more reluctant to get married overall, despite the benefits. Collins quoted a Family Studies article written by Scott M. Stanley, who went deeper into the subject.

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