Food For Thoughts on the American Divorces: Decreasing Rates, Divorcee Jobs, and More
Divorce is a legal process that exists in most countries today, though other issues usually go hand in hand with a divorce.
Remember how back in the 90s there was a common theme of ‘50% of marriages ends up in divorce?’ That does not apply anymore. In fact, the newer generations managed to successfully drop the uncoupling rates in the nation for numerous reasons. However, even though these rates might appear good, it is not always the case.
Let’s talk about the American ‘not-so-happily ever after.’
Millennials Have Vastly Different Stances on Marriage Compared to the Previous Generations
As opposed to baby boomers and Gen X who would marry their high school sweethearts and join massive workforces, millennials have a much greater sense of individuality and appear significantly more careful when it comes to choosing a lifetime partner.
Philip Cohen, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland, has thoroughly analyzed the data from the American Community Survey. He concluded that the millennial generation tends to make longer-lasting decisions and stick with them, especially when it comes to married life.
He also made a point that the rate of divorces should not drop too low. If it does, it would mean that numerous couples get stuck in unsuccessful and unwanted marriages. This claim is particularly important.
Many Couples Want to Divorce but Choose to Stay Together
For instance, some of the most common reasons why Americans get a divorce are adultery (nearly 60%), lack of commitment (75%), the chronic conflict between spouses (almost 58%), financial issues, violence, etc.
However, numerous cases of couples dissatisfied with their marriage maintain a cohabiting relationship for various reasons. Some of these reasons are material - it is cheaper to share an apartment with a spouse than to break a lease, find a new living environment, pay for the divorce, etc.
Others are more severe, such as having children or having a house together. A child that experiences parents’ divorce is much more likely to experience recurring depression in adulthood. Finally, a big reason is the pressure coming from outside their home - their parents, friends, church, and, of course, jobs.
Are Divorce Rates Influenced by the Industry Couples Work In?
Interestingly enough, there are statistics on divorce rates according to the industry the spouses work in. Jobs are major factors in married life. They dictate the financial situation of the couple, the time the couple gets to spend together or apart, or how much time there is to dedicate to their offspring.
The more time-consuming and workplace-binding the job is, the higher are the chances of divorce happening.
This is why it might not be so surprising that some jobs result in higher divorce rates. For instance, individuals having office-related and administrative support jobs (40.6%), transportation (40.5%), protective services jobs (40%), and personal care and service (39.6%) have the highest chances of being uncoupled.
Some reasons standing behind this are fairly obvious. Workers in these fields have a lot on their plates when it comes to professional life. They are often stressed out and bound by the office. All of this creates an alienating and clashing climate for couples.
On the other hand, some jobs have a significantly lower rate of divorces. Namely, architects and engineers (27.5%), mathematicians and computer scientists (27.6%), scientists in social, life, and physical studies (28.5%), and educators (30.1%) file for divorce less often.
As many of these jobs can often be worked remotely, people do not have to stress over the quotidian commute, which offers a more relaxed marriage climate. It also leads to more time spent together and with children, plus the salaries in these industries are often above average.
Many people end up divorced, but not enough people think of all the possible reasons that result in these divorces. Sharing the day-to-day life with another person is never simple. People tend to think that divorce is caused by a single thing, but it is almost always much more complex. What are your thoughts on divorces nowadays? Sound off in the comments below.