Why do people get married?
June 9, 2006 5:14 PM Subscribe
I've got two reasons for asking this:
1) to try to get some sociological insight
and 2) for my own selfish purposes.
posted by 1fish2fish to human relations (44 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Couldn't find an answer to this one anywhere, and I hope this isn't an unreasonable question. I'm genuinely curious as to why people get married. I'm fairly unclear to both the legal, material purposes as well as the non-material ones. I understand marriage was a big thing "back in the day", and I guess it still is now, though to a lesser extent.
As to why I'm asking, here's a bit of background on me: I'm in my early 30's and have been with my bf for 8 years, in a satisfying and monogamous relationship. It's not a question of "is he the right guy." I am fairly certain we will end up spending the rest of our lives together. Additional details: We don't have a lot in the way of assets and we don't plan on having kids.
Marriage has never occured to me as something that we would or should do. (It's like watching people celebrating rituals...because I don't understand it, it seems completely alien.) So enlighten me! Why do people get married? Why did YOU get married? (Or prefer not to?)