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Fisher, a senior research fellow at the Kinsey Institute.“I would like people to understand that while millennials are not marrying yet, and they are not having as much sex as my generation, the reasons for this are good.”The millennial cohort is roughly defined as those who were born in the 1980s to the early 2000s — although there is some debate about the boundaries.It’s possible, she said, that today’s singles are carving a more successful path to lasting love than previous generations.“We can all learn from people who don’t want to waste a lot of time doing things that are going nowhere,” said Dr.Fisher, the co-author of a chapter on “slow love” in the 2018 anthology “The New Psychology of Love,” published by Cambridge University Press.In 2018, the median age of first marriage was approaching 30 (29.8 for men and 27.8 for women).That’s more than a five-year delay in marriage compared to 1980, when the median age was 24.7 for men and 22 for women.
As a result, the path to romance has changed significantly.
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The millennial generation is putting that theory to the test, opting for what the biological anthropologist Helen Fisher calls “slow love.” Studies show that millennials are dating less, having less sex and marrying much later than any generation before them, and a younger generation appears to be following in their footsteps.
These changes have prompted hand-wringing among some experts who speculate that hookup culture, anxiety, screen time, social media and helicopter parents have left us with a generation incapable of intimacy and commitment.
Fisher, author of “Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray, has devoted her career to studying love and relationships.