The idea of a wife cleaning the house all day and having dinner ready for when her husband gets home from work is pretty outdated… or so we thought. According to a new study, the majority of millennial men are looking for stay-at-home wives.
Millennials are often thought to be the most progressive generation out there, so it would make sense to think that they’d prefer egalitarian households. However, recent research released by the Council of Contemporary Families shows that fewer millennials between the ages of 18 and 25 want that, compared to the same age group 20 years ago.
Sociologists Joanna Pepin and David Cotter looked at high school seniors’ beliefs over the past 40 years and found that the number of people who desired relationships in which both partners are equal increased from the late ’70s to the mid ’90s, but has been decreasing ever since. In 1994, 42 percent of high school seniors thought the man should bring home the money and the woman should cover domestic duties. Less than 30 percent thought the husband should be in charge of making all important family-related decisions. By 2014, 58 percent agreed with the aforementioned family structure and the number of those who thought men should spearhead all family decisions jumped to 40 percent.
Additional evidence found in another survey supported this trend. Results suggest that, in 2014, millennial men between the ages of 18 and 25 had attitudes that were more traditional and conservative than those much older than them.
Maybe this is why millennial women are getting married later in life…