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The most loyal generation: Millennials make good marriage material


Millions of millennials grew up in broken homes, and as a result, there’s a substantial portion of the generation that has given up on marriage altogether. For those who do want to walk down the aisle, they seem to be more committed to staying loyal than almost any previous generation.

A report by the Institute of Family Studies found that millennials cheat on their spouses at a substantially lower rate than other generations.

Less than 10 percent of married couples under the age of 40 have had an affair. This number is less than 15 percent for formerly married couples, indicating that other issues like money are a bigger driver of divorce among millennials than cheating.

Among the baby boomer generation, cheating is much more common. About 12 percent of couples currently married say they’ve had extramarital sex and more than 20 percent of divorced couples state that at least one of the partners was having an affair.

Cheating is most rare among people born between 1980 to 1989 — they have a lower rate of cheating than any other generation born in the 20th century.

That means your cousins are less likely to cheat than your grandparents.

Attitudes about cheating are still shifting. Millennials are the most likely generation to say that having an affair isn’t always wrong even though they’re the least likely to do it. They’re also the most embracing of nonmonogamous and polyamorous relationships.

An estimated 10 million Americans are in open relationships and marriages.

It seems that for a tech-savvy generation that’s supposed to run to all the newest fads, there’s a sizable portion committed to marriage and family.

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