Having a successful marriage is “one of the most important things” in life for 36% of adults, according to a 2011 Pew Research survey.An additional 48% said it is “very important but not the most” important.Young and old, married and unmarried are equally skeptical. Especially for those who have never wed, marriage remains a life goal.
Men and women overall do not answer differently in rating the priority of a successful marriage to them, but there are differences among young adults, ages 18 to 34. According to the public, it is easier for a married person than a single person to raise a family (77% say so).
By D’Vera Cohn Americans believe that love is the main foundation of marriage.
Most who never have been married say they would like to be at some point in their lives. The romantic ideal of marriage plays out in survey data that show whether they are married or not, Americans are more inclined to choose “love” as a reason for marriage than any other factor.
In 2003, a young Mark Zuckerberg sat in front of his computer and instant-messaged a friend.
Back then, “the facebook thing” was still a rough idea, and 18-year-old Zuckerberg was trying to finesse the concept. “I don’t think people would sign up for the facebook thing if they knew it was for dating,” Zuckerberg wrote.