What is a good age to marry? People vary a
great deal in the ages at which they become mature. A few
exceptional people might be ready for marriage
in their teens.
Others are much too "young" at thirty. A good
approach is to find out the average age when people actually do
marry. In most developed countries, the age of most men today at the
time of first marriage is about twenty-four. Their brides are
slightly over twenty-one.
Contrary to popular opinion, people of today are
not older, but younger at the time of marriage than they were fifty
years ago. Having considered briefly the average ages at which
people do marry, let us now consider the good age to marry.
Studies have indicated that teenage marriages are
the least successful. They suggest that marriage in the early to
middle twenties is desirable. These conclusions find substantial
support from other sources. Child-bearing is easiest and safest in
the early twenties, although modern science has made it increasingly
safe for all ages.
A 50 years old and controversial report indicate that men reach their
peak of sex desire well before twenty, so that the postponement of
marriage places a strain upon those who observe the accepted moral
maturity and economic competence take time to develop. And if
marriage is to represent a complete fulfillment of the love
relationship, emotionally as well as physically, the couple should
wait for marriage until they are fully ready.
For most couples the best age for marriage seems to
be from the early to the middle twenties. Remember, however, that
you are not a statistic, or even two statistics. You are you.
The question is not, "what is the good age to marry?" but "What is
the best age for YOU to marry?".
The best way to decide is to look at what marriage
success involves, and then try to see whether or not you have
what it takes. The information found in this site may help you to