CHANGING DEFINITIONS OF FAMILY AND CULTURE 1
In chapter 4, Riess explores the topic, “Single Mormons in a Married Culture.”
“Mormons have the highest rate of marriage of any Christian group in the United States, which can make it lonely and painful to be in the unmarried minority.”
“Mormons are about a third more likely to be married than the members of the general population, which is statistically very significant.”
Riess compares US marriage data from 1960 and today (see below), and shares that the median age for Mormons to marry “is holding steady at 22.”
In one of her personal interviews, the subject declares, “...single women are pitied in Mormon culture - single men are condemned.”
One more statistic I found surprising: 26 percent of married Mormons had intercourse before they got married.
The rest of the chapter focuses on the pros and cons of single wards in the church.