Study: Come-we-stay relationships are more happier and long lasting than actual marriage

A recentld concluded study has revealed that majority of young people who get married with a lot of fanfare end up in unhappy unions compared to those in come-we-stay marriages.

Mr Maina Junior, an associate researcher at Consumer Insight, said the survey titled “Study on Youth of Kenya”, whose findings were released Thursday, was conducted in 16 counties and sampled 1,634 youths across all socioeconomic classes, aged between 13 and 30.

The study which was done in a span of three years between 2017 to 2019 using in-home random surveys found out that most young people feel the ideal age for marriage is 27 to 29 and that the most ideal ceremony is religious rites, complete with a reception.

“Ironically, couples from humble backgrounds have a higher opinion of marriage than their rich counterparts,” said Mr Maina.

The research looked into the attitudes and lifestyles of Kenya’s youth with a focus on their consumption behavior, perception of culture, fears, priorities and use of drugs, among others.

Their reactions to these subjects vary according to gender, geographical region, economic status and level of education.

For example, when it comes to ideas and ideals about customs and tradition, there seems to be a significant divide between young men and women, with men being more likely to stick to old notions about tradition.

According to the survey, the internet has become a major source of love and friendships: nine per cent of the youth have dated online although the number has been reducing over time.

Of this figure, about 81 per cent end up as friends while 52 per cent of these friends get romantically involved.

Whereas men try to find love in local dating sites, for young women, true love is in continental or international sites, which offer wider options of prospective lovers in terms of race and financial status.

“Kenyan men are likely to date local girls because it’s economical while Kenyan girls feel a South African, Nigerian or European, for instance, may be wealthier than their Kenyan counterparts. There are also options of white or brown (Asian) men,” he said.

Bhang smoking is becoming a fad among the youth. According to the findings, bhang is the leading recreational drug consumed by youth across the cadres, followed by miraa and shisha. Bhang is said to be affordable and gives the desired effect.

When it comes to alcohol and drug abuse, 17 per cent were found to consume alcohol, eight per cent take recreational drugs while three per cent smoke cigarettes.

On gambling, it found that five per cent of the youth bet as a profession. These are more likely to be male and of lower socio-economic class.

Courtesy: Daily Nation

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