We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What are the socio-culturo-politico-psycho-biological consequences of this trend? Besides, of course, expecting the government to fill the role - which it surely will, in once sense anyway, which I will not say here.
But, love and comfort aside, who takes out the garbage and replaces the washers in the faucets?
Like Momma use to say, "Why buy the cow when the milk is free"
I was married once. A shrew-bitch with a pinch of Lady MacBeth. She was a looker though and at 26 guys still have perpetual hard -ons.
Now I have land (Mother Earth, hmm, Freudian?) and a back hoe. When I get the twitch now I just ring up an older gal I know who's in the same bucket and we do the beast with two backs routine. Or I get out the bicycle pump and blow up the doll I bought from a catalog.
This trend will probably exhaust itself, perhaps is in its death throes already, when in desperate loneliness and despair, men and women return to the timeless truths of honor, duty, commitment, companionship that make for a deep and lasting relationship that transcends mere 'love' which is just a another word for what is in reality simply shallow sexual gratification.
If you can support yourself, you only have to stay with a man for the right reasons: you love him, you promised you would stay before GOd, you love the children you brought into the world together and don't want to traumatize them by getting a divorce, he makes you laugh, he doesn't yell at you when you buy another computer or nullify his vote in every single election.
It is much better to be married than single, but better single than married solely for a meal ticket or out of fear of solitude. It's hard work getting along with anyone 24/7, so I don't think the trend is bad except insofar as it affects children. The real question is what percentage of kids in our country are growing up in single parent homes. That is a far greater tragedy than whether some people cannot or do not want to find the perfect roommate and make it legal.