A Case of the Human Condition: Fewer Marriages — but More Facebook Relationships?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Apparently, fewer Americans are getting married these days. (Check out the PBS Newshour story.)

But lots and lots of people are doing the next best thing: making a public declaration of being in a relationship — on Facebook.

Neither of my twenty/thirty-something kids is married. But both are telling the world they’re in a relationship … and they’re naming names.

The computers over at Facebook keep you honest, I notice. You can’t say you’re in a relationship with somebody unless they agree to it.

Read more about getting committed at “The Day She Popped the Question” and “Why He Never Called Me Back.”

On the other hand, some folks are so keen on marriage, they’ll marry a bunch of people all at once: The Darger family of Utah has three wives. Photo by BF Newhall


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