The number of marriages in England has fallen to a record low. In 1851 there were 27 married couples for each single person, today the figure is 12 married couples for each single person. It is also interesting for the first time more weddings took place outside rather than inside religious institutions.
We forget that prior to the 20th century, there was economic and social need for being married. Society lacked technological machinery to handle household chores so being married was important. Also, there was no social security system which meant having a spouse ensured someone would care for you in old age. Then, again, we are culturally bombarded today with images and messages that one can live alone and be happy.