I came across an interesting article this week: “When Marriage Disappears: The Retreat from Marriage in Middle America.”
You can read it here.
The research shows that growing numbers of “Middle Americans” – basically high-school graduates without great prospects for career advancement – are not getting or staying married at the same rate as better-educated and more affluent Americans. The article then goes on to discuss the ramifications of the trend for social cohesion and social equality.
The demographics are very different from Israel, since we don’t have that gap here, and to the best of my knowledge, divorce and non-marriage rates are higher among the better-educated. However, it’s a trend to watch, since it may that among the non-observant working poor in Israel we may soon see the same trend. In fact, it may already exist, just no one has spotted it.