A new survey asking millennials how interested they would be in various marriage models found that a majority preferred alternatives to "til death do us part."
Millennials are a generation reared on technology and choice which may make the notion of committing to a lifelong relationship difficult to consider. Marriages that couples can test and deglitch, work out kinks or simply abandon course without consequence make more sense to them. "This is a generation that is used to this idea that everything is in beta, that life is a work in progress, so the idea of a beta marriage makes sense," said the study's author, Melissa Lavigne-Delville. "It's not that they're entirely noncommittal, it's just that they're nimble and open to change."
Fifty-three percent of millennials surveyed thought marriage vows should be renewable, with nearly 40% saying they believed the "till death do us part" vow should be abolished.
Over forty percent of respondents (43%, and higher among the youngest subset of millennials) support the so-called "Beta" marriage model that involved a two-year trial - at which point the union could either be formalized or dissolved, no paperwork required.
Thirty-three percent said they be open to trying what researchers dubbed the "Real Estate" model - where marriage licenses would be granted on a a five, seven, 10 or 30 year term. Following the expired term, couples could renegotiate additional terms.
Twenty-one percent said they would give the "Presidential" model a try, whereby marriage vows last for four years but after eight you can elect to choose a new partner.
Ten percent said marriage can be with more than one person at the same time, each of whom fulfills a need in life.
Thirty-one percent of respondents went the traditional route saying the "Till Death do us part" model is right for them.