I don't know for how long it has been a tendency, but it seems it just doesn't last like it used to. My parents broke up 12 years into their marriage, almost every single one of my aunts and uncles also had short marriages or married many times. Most of my friends, co-workers and neighbors have stepdads or divorced parents too, my old classmates also. It seems people these days don't really see the "magic" in it anymore or maybe "the party every weekend" lifestyle has more gains for people these days than marrying. I've seen some pretty damn good arguments about not marrying being a smarter choice financially speaking. Is marriage still worth it or people these days are too screwed in the head to make a marriage last ? i know there's always the argument for the "right person", but shiet, it seems the right person is harder to find now more than ever. Talk about kids being screwed psychologically (at least a portion of them ).