Here's a statement so obvious you contrarian bitches will probably try and dispute it: Dudes need to grow the fuck up. The technologies and dating websites and economic freedoms and myriad limited edition sneakers/consumer electronics/videogames/mid-century modern furniture to buy that make it so hard for them to decide to settle down works against them getting married in both times of economic boom ("I need to focus on my career") and bust ("I need to be more financially secure.") But here's the actually surprising thing: this trend is happening faster than you think, according to a Kay Hymowitz column on this phenomenon that aired on NPR today:

The percentage of young guys tying the knot is declining as you read this. Census Bureau data show that the median age of marriage among men rose from 26.8 in 2000 to 27.5 in 2006 - a dramatic demographic shift for such a short time period.

So, in lieu of joining a church group — which seems to be where Kay is inexorably headed with this argument — what the fuck are we supposed to do?


Oh yeah, like I am the person who is going to answer that question for you. I mean, I assume you should probably start by moving out of New York if you live there. I'm doing that when I can figure out how to be financially secure.

Young Men Stuck In Adolescent-Adult Limbo [NPR]
Related: Up With Grups (Remember this story? It's a classic.) [NY Mag]