Citizens of Armenia like to adhere to traditions at the best of times, especially when it comes to weddings. The amount of money spent on Armenian weddings isn't particularly small.
Likely due to financial-economic war and many other factors, there is a growth in the age of marriage in Armenia. This has resulted in a reduction of birth rate and has increased the likelihood of divorce.
The director of the Sociometer center, Aharon Adibekyan explained the issue. He said that in past years the average age of a fiancée was 20 and 24 years old. However, in recent times, this has changed, and now the age of a fiancée fluctuates between 24-25 and 28-30 years old for men.
The Sociometer centre has been conducting research since 1976, which has involved keeping a close eye on factors concerning marriage in Armenia. The director of the research explained how in 1995-1996 there was a noticeable register in a reduction of marriages, tendencies of giving birth and a decreased birth rate.
In modern days, couples are content with having one child, which apparently leads the danger of divorce. Adibekyan argues that the growth in the age of when people decide to marry is a result of the younger generation wishing to embark on successful careers and have high financial stability before settling down to start a family. While sociologists believe that there are positive outcomes, they do not outweigh the negative consequences.
Sociologists from the center went on to show how in previous years women became mothers at the age of 20. However, women are now waiting until they are aged 26 or 27 to have their first child. As a result, they are faced with more complications when it comes to having a 2nd or 3rd child. Also, research results illustrated that 1 out of 3 couples prefers not to register their marriage to avoid expenditures for the wedding celebrations. Sociologists believe that an increase in the number of marriages will lead to more job opportunities and financial stability.
Reliable statics illustrate that years ago families that lived in villages had approximately 2-3 children and in towns 1-2, however, the birth rate in villages compared to those living in towns has equalized to 1-2.