In Catherine Rampell’s article “For Millennials, First Comes Love, then What?” (2015), she enumerates several reasons why the millennial generation is hesitant to make the commitment of marriage.
Two Deviant Phrases
“Domestic Bliss” =
This refers to the happiness of those in the home. It is implied that marriage is one way to boost this factor.
“Marital Prerequisites” =
Similar to prerequisite classes one must complete in college, this phrase implies that millennials value a series of actions that they must complete prior to being married.
Two Vocabulary Words
Mire – to plunge into wet, swampy land
Connubial – of or relating to marriage
Two Abstract Connections
The idea that the younger generation is abandoning Christian values, such as the institution of marriage, has been common for generations. Earlier, during the settlement of New England by the Puritans, there was a great “falling out” between the youth and the established Church which could only be resolved through the Half-Way Covenant.
In the J. Rice song, “Afraid of Love” he expresses his fear of committing and falling in love “too hard”. This fear is a common trait that Rampbell noticed in the millennial generation; they are afraid to make a full commitment by marrying one person.