TED Talk Outline Draft

TED Talk Outline Draft

Topic: Declining marriage rates and increasing marriage ages

Purpose: To promote healthy marriages

Thesis statement: For adults in the 21st century, the tradition of marriage is becoming less common and is being put off until much later in life. The economy, dating practices, and other modern advancements are motivators of this trend, and if society continues on this path, marriage may become a foreign practice, straying away from healthy family atmospheres.

  1. Introduction
    1. Use imagery, talking about the glamor of weddings.
    2. “every young girl’s dream”
    3. Possibly show video/picture of my parent’s wedding *slide*
  2. Body
    1. Main idea- Rapidly shifting marriage trend
      1. Decline in marriages
        1. In 1960, according to a study done by Pew Research Center, “72% of all adults ages 18 and older were married; today just 51% are”
        2. *slide*
      2. Married people getting older
        1. Over only 50 years, the median age at first marriage has risen by about six years for both men and women (27 for women and 29 for men).
      3. Main idea- Economy
        1. More people going to college
          1. Time focused on education, not marriage
        2. Student debt
          1. In the U.S., there are more than 44 million student loan borrowers who hold more than $1.4 trillion in student loan debt, according to Make Lemonade. The graduating class of 2016’s average student loan debt was $37,172
        3. Dating has changed
          1. Courting for marriage is no longer prevalent
            1. No one goes into their very first date thinking about marriage anymore
              1. Does anyone swipe through apps like Tinder and Bumble looking for the face of their future spouse? *slide*
            2. Dating is recreational
              1. More common to find someone who is just fun for the moment
                1. No longer “cool” to go on traditional dates and settle down with someone so early in life.
                2. Young people want to have fun and party before they are obliged to get married.
                  1. The development of birth control and other contraceptives have played a role in this
                3. Effects of this trend
                  1. Poor family environments
                    1. Although marriage rates are going down, birth rates are rising.
                      1. People are putting off marriage but still having kids.
                      2. (add birth rate statistic)
                    2. Child born into already broken family
                      1. They will never learn the importance of commitment, responsibility, and love when it comes to a stable marriage.
                        1. Many experts conclude that these children are more at risk for potential psychological and academic problems, poverty, instability, and child abuse. “Compared to marriage, cohabitation furnishes less commitment, stability, sexual fidelity, and safety for romantic partners and their children.”, according to W. Brad Wilcox, Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia
                      2. Cohabiting couples are more than twice as likely to breakup and four times as likely to be unfaithful to one another, compared with married couples. A recent study from Sheela Kennedy and Larry Bumpass found that 65 percent of children born to cohabitating parents saw their parents’ breakup by age 12, compared to 24 percent born to married families.
  • Conclusion
    1. So, what can be done to stop this trend?
      1. We must start at the core of our moral beliefs
        1. I am a firm believer in the fact that there is someone out there for everyone.
          1. Why waste your time with things and people who aren’t making you happy today?
        2. We need to put down the phones, stop swiping to find matches, and take the old school route.
      2. All I ask of you is to go on a date. A real date… with a formal introduction, in person request, and good meaningful conversation. *slide*
        1. Even if it doesn’t work out, I encourage you to keep an eye out for that special person, and when you find them, take a chance and marry them.

As sappy as it may sound, my parents have always told me, if you love someone, marry them. Don’t waste another year of your life without them. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything. *slide*

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