When you were little, chances are you thought marriage was for old people. And by old, we mean people waaaay into their thirties.
But a report released recently is interesting enough to make 20-somethings sit up and take notice, with claims the ideal age to head down the aisle is between 28 and 32.
That’s right, if you’re in your late 20s and living the free and single life, it might be an idea to start thinking about what you want out of life.
The new study suggests that in order to secure a happy marriage and avoid divorce in the first five years, people should get married between the ages of 28 and 32.
For those of you reading who are older than 32, remember that this is just based on statistics and can in no way account for your personal situation. You are a credit to yourself and your ex wasn’t worth it.
The study was done by Nick Wolfinger, a sociologist at the University of Utah, and published by the generally pro-marriage Institute of Family Studies. His study suggests that people who get married between the ages of 28 and 32 generally stick together longer than those who wed earlier or later.
Wolfinger analysed data from the National Survey of Family Growth and found a sort of upside down bell curve. “The odds of divorce decline as you age from your teenage years through your late 20s and early 30s,” he writes.
This probably goes against what you thought. The longer you wait to get married, the more mature and prepared for a relationship you are, right?
Well, according to the study, for each year after 32 you get married, your chance of divorce increases by approximately five percent.
“Thereafter, the chances of divorce go up again as you move into your late 30s and early 40s.” For each year after about 32, the chance of divorce goes up about 5% says the study.
Wolfinger’s theory has been dubbed ‘The Goldilocks Theory’, as it needs its participants to be not too young and not too cold.