But while financial stability may not be an important in a spouse – especially women who have never married but say they want to or are not sure if they want to: 78% say finding a spouse or partner with a steady job would be very important to them.
Never-married men, however, have different priorities. While 46% say finding a spouse or partner with a steady job is very important, a larger share (62%) says that finding someone who shares their ideas about raising children is.
One factor driving this change is that Americans – particularly men – are staying single longer. adults who are married, an analysis of 2015 Census Bureau data shows that about 8% of adults are cohabiting (among those who are householders or partners of householders), and a 2013 Pew Research Center survey found that 11% of the public described themselves as in a committed relationship, even though they were not married or living with a partner.
In 2012, 78% of 25-year-old men had never married compared with 67% of their female counterparts, and by 2016, the median age at first marriage had reached its highest point on record: 29.5 years for men and 27.4 years for women. Marriage may be on the decline, but remarriage is rising.
Though men have been enjoying May-December romances forever, women haven’t been afforded the same freedom necessarily.
Culturally, the older woman/younger man dynamic is perceived as an oddity, or a fluke.
Mobile dating apps are driving much of this increase: 22% of 18- to 24-year-olds now report using mobile dating apps, up from just 5% in 2013.