It seems that the more time that passes, the longer young people wait to take the solemn vows of marriage. Whereas only a few decades ago it was considered unusual to wait until your 30s to get married, these days it is not only accepted, but even encouraged: popular culture, including shows like Sex & the City, have taught us, collectively, that your 20s are a time for experimentation, career building and much more fun than previously thought. Being 30 and single is no longer the equivalent of a scarlet letter, but a badge of honor.
Statistics show that the median age for first marriages has risen from 20 to nearly 30 since 1970. There are a couple of nifty benefits to waiting until your late 20s to get hitched. 25-30 seems to be the ideal to get married in order to have your cake and eat it too: you can experience enough of life single, but still safely have a couple of kids and maximize your married years.
People who marry in their late 20s are more likely to marry someone who shares their values and opinions. Marrying at this stage also lets couples experience early adulthood together, which can alleviate some of the stresses and difficulties of family and career building. Many people believe that the younger you are, the easier it is for you to be accepting, open-minded, forgiving and flexible – all elements of a healthy relationship. Couples who marry earlier have also been shown to have more sex. Who can complain about that?
After all that sex, women in their 20s will generally have an easier time with pregnancy.
On the flip side, marrying too early in your 20s is as ill-advised as waiting until your 30s. Couples married in their teens or early 20s are twice as likely to divorce, studies show.