Of late, and perhaps it is simply the circles I wade through, I have been hearing that there is an imbalance between the decrease in the number of men who wish to get married and the number of women who want to get married.
The most recent marriage figures I've seen do suggest that marriage desirability is decreasing: there are fewer people getting married today than there were 20 years ago (citation needed), but there are more people living together.
Unfortunately, most of the sites I have seen discuss why there is a discrepancy without justifying the belief with statistics.
My question, then, is, "Is there a study or group of studies which suggest that the declining occurrence of marriage is caused by a decrease in willingness of men to marry instead of a decrease in willingness in both parties?"
Some references for the claim:
- Not only has this woman written this article, she also has a book on the topic.
- This site claims that men want to get married less, but fails to address whether this is gender specific, and also fails to cite sources.
- The assertion can be read by implication in this article, too.