Tell Us About Your Views on Marriage, and We'll Guess Which Generation You Belong To

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Tell Us About Your Views on Marriage, and We'll Guess Which Generation You Belong To
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About This Quiz

Marriage has existed in some form or other since the dawn of civilization. Originally it was a very mixed insitution, with all sorts of permutations; some societies allowed many wives, while others allowed many husbands. Some prohibited certain unions (e.g., a widow with her husband's brother), while others required the exact same match as a matter of course. Some expected that the wife should submit to the husband and give up her name for him, while others found that idea pretty darn silly. Marriage changes with every generation, and that's one huge reason that it has lasted. It keeps what is essential about itself and sheds the baggage of patriarchy or other out-of-date ways of thinking.

A common myth is that marriage is in decline, but actually the Millennial generation are far more likely to value it. Partly this is a product of the fight for marriage equality, that required a generation of young people to think deeply about why marriage matters and conclude that they wanted it for themselves and others. Partly it's a product of seeing the Boomer generation - who had more divorces than both their parents AND their children - throw a lot of the proverbial babies out with the bathwater. Partly it's because nobody can afford not to live with another person anymore! Millennials are thus more pro-marriage, delaying it longer and being far more likely than their parents to stay married. They're also MORE likely to stick in their marriages when the woman earns her own money, the opposite of the previous generation. Thus, we can see, marriage changes as society changes, but it never goes entirely out of fashion.

How do you feel about marriage? Let us know, and we'll figure out which generation you're from!

How important is marriage?
Essential!
Important
It's not at all.
More than I realized

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What's a good age to marry?
25
23
19
29

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Should the man be in charge?
Only technically
Yeah, probably
No, men are idiots.
Nobody should be "in charge."

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How big should the wedding be?
As small as possible
As big as the mother of the bride wants
As big as possible
Whatever size the couple wants

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What's a good enough reason to leave a marriage?
Death
Infertility
Literally any reason
Abuse

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Why marry at all?
Economic security
It's expected.
True love!
Partnership.

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Is it OK to have kids if you are not married?
Not really
No!
It's better.
If you're prepared to care for them, sure.

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What do you estimate your lifetime chances of divorce to be?
0%
20%
60%
25%

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Do you think it's a good idea to cohabit before marriage?
It's morally wrong!
It's strategically wrong!
It's weird.
It's stastically actually better for the marriage.

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Is a marriage in trouble if the wife earns more, or is more educated?
That never happens, so why worry?
That's risky.
That's definite divorce.
Statistically, the marriage is better off.

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Would you write your own vows?
Definitely not
I might edit out a line or two.
I did!
Probably not

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Did marriage match your expectations?
It exceeded them.
It was a bit disappointing.
It was way below.
Yeah, roughly.

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Is it OK to have single friends of the same gender as your spouse?
I don't think that's a thing that exists.
That's controversial.
That means you're cheating.
Why on Earth would that be a problem?

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Should one parent stay home with the kids?
Who can afford such a luxury?
Yes, that's a good idea.
Yes, if possible.
If the couple agree on it freely.

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How long should you date before you marry?
Under 6 months
Under a year
About a year
More than two years

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Is it cheating for a partner to look at porn?
Of course. Ew.
Depends on the porn.
Depends if their partner knows.
No

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Do you need the approval of your family to marry?
Yes, the bride's father anyway.
Ideally yes.
No, you should marry the person your family least likes.
Their blessing is nice, but their permission is not needed.

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Is polyamory a valid option for marriage?
Ew, no.
No, just get a mistress like everyone else.
In practice, yes, everyone does it.
If both sides freely agree.

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Should all marriages lead to children?
Ideally yes
Yes
No, that makes it harder to leave.
If that's what you both want.

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What questions must be answered before you marry?
Questions about faith
Questions about money
No idea
Questions about children

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Who should ask whom?
The man has to ask, that's the rule.
The man should ask.
The man should ask, but the woman should tell him when to ask.
It's sort of a series of conversations.

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Can you be unmarried but respectable?
Nope
If you're rich
Who cares?
Of course

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Would you marry someone with serious debts?
No
Probably not
Sure
Depends how they came by them

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Do both parties have to be a virgin?
Of course
No, only the man
It helps
No, that's ridicluous

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Is it valid if there was no priest involved?
Of course not
Probably not
It's better actually
As long as it's legal, it's valid.

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Are prenups unromantic?
They're superfluous, you should just not divorce.
Not really
Yes!
Sure but that's the point.

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Should your partner be your best friend?
That's nice but not necessary.
That's the ideal!
Men and women can't be friends.
That sounds awesome.

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Should you marry a person who cannot cook?
Everyone can cook, surely?
It's OK if it's the man.
Never!
You could just order in!

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Whose job is it to clean the house?
Whoever sees that it is dirty.
Whoever the husband decides should do it (i.e., not him).
The wife.
Whoever's turn it is.

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Is marriage a patriarchal institution that needs to go the way of the dodo?
No, it is all good things.
No, it's a good idea.
Yes
No, it can be changed.

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