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It's time to embrace new ideas about romance and family — and acknowledge the end of traditional marriage as society's highest ideal, according to Kate Bolick, author of the 2011 Atlantic cover story, "All the Single Ladies," which sparked a national conversation.

Just recently popular comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted, “Why would I want the govt involved in my love life? It's barbaric.”Public disenchantment with marriage is reflected in national surveys.

The overall forces of biology, social needs and economics will never let some form of long-term partnership fade away, says Bentley University’s Dean of Arts and Sciences Daniel Everett.

The definition of marriage has been fluid over time and between cultures, he said.

About a quarter of unmarried young adults (ages 25 to 34) are living with a partner, according to Pew Research analysis of Current Population Survey data.

Marriage has lost much of its social allure, but remains a desired milestone for about 70 percent of millennials.

Marriage patterns will continue to diverge by education and race, increasing the divides between mostly married “haves” and increasingly single “have-nots,” predicted an internal analysis of the Urban Institute report.

That fewer millennials are choosing to marry is also a reflection of modern social attitudes that reject the institution as outdated.

Millennials are saying no to traditional marriage in record numbers…and that’s not all.

In Western culture in the late 18th century, marriage transformed from an economic arrangement into a union based on love. The median age at first marriage is now 27 for women and 29 for men — up from 20 for women and 23 for men in 1960.

Research about this trend draws panic on the Internet and tense media coverage.

A recent piece in Time Magazine was headlined, “Why 25 percent of millennials will never get married— a new report from Pew Research predicts that more folks under 35 will be single forever."Young couples are opting to live together and put off marriage for later, if at all.

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