Marriage comes with divorce

Young Singaporeans believe in marriage but see divorce as the answer if the relationship sours. 

The Straits Times reported on Sunday that a good number of them think pre-marital sex is acceptable. At the same time, they think family ties are important and contribute to the family income. 

A young Singaporean, in short, is far from the popular stereotype of a spoilt brat who eschews all traditional values. Rather, he is a hybrid of Asian values and Western thinking. 

According to a survey conducted in January, these people, born after 1982, belong to a group which demographers have dubbed Generation Y.  

Their numbers are not to be sniffed at: there are round 427,000 of them and they make up about 12% of the population.  

Nine out of 10 young Singaporeans believe in marriage, but half of them would consider divorce if things do not work out. Four out of 10 also deem pre-marital sex an acceptable practice. 

Such attitudes could translate into serious social issues, warned Dr Frederick Toke, 43.  

The psychologist and clinical director of Celebrating Life Resource Centre said: “If you have psychologically planned an escape route from the start, the marriage is doomed to fail. 

“With so many young people viewing divorce as an option, you may find more dysfunctional families in future.” – The Straits Times/Asia News Network  

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