Should teens get married when they are 18 years old?

Asked by: angels2000
  • 18 is old enough to decide to vote and go die for your country.

    If an 18 year old can decided on who they want to run the country, they should be ready to decide who they want to love. Also 18 is old enough to go to war, sometimes the only thing helping a soldier is knowing he/she has someone to go home to. If they are old enough to decide they want to die for their country, they are old enough to know if they love someone. (Based many on U.S.)

  • They're considered adults

    They're pretty much adults and if they've been together long enough and have talked and thought through the pros and cons of getting married and everything that goes along with it like bills, children, fighting, and it not being perfect 24/7, and they're in love and are willing to fight for each other no matter what happens, then I say go for it, I am all for it.

  • 18 is the legal age to get married without parental consent

    Yes, if an 18 so chooses to be married, then who can stop them. Parents should extend their advice on waiting, but it is ultimately up to the individuals involved. It may a huge mistake or it may turn out to be the best decision ever, but I believe the individual should decide. It may be a good learning experience.

  • For practical reasons if nothing else.

    Your brain doesn't even finish developing before you are twenty-five, for crying out loud. This isn't post-WWII America, where the average life expectancy was in the fifties and a high school education was just about all the average person ever got.
    A recently released study by Harvard followed couples over fifteen years of marriage, and this is what they found:
    Those who married under the age of twenty-five and with only a high school education had the highest rate of divorce- nearly SEVENTY percent. Those who married over age 25 with a college education had the lowest- down near FORTY percent.

    Do yourself a favor, kids- wait until you know who YOU really are and have seen some of the real world before you commit yourself to someone else. That future spouse will thank you for it.

  • It is foolish to marry before we are thirty, and it is insane to marry anyone younger than thirty years old.

    People change more in our twenties than we do in our teens, and this has some immediate impacts on marriage.

    First, when we are younger than thirty, we are still figuring out what we want from life, and we are only abstractly aware of our own mortality. This means we are primed for having adventures. Much of the benefit of adventure is learning to assess risk, take risk, and figure out how to adjust and thrive in the aftermath when we realize the initial risk assessment was incomplete. Marriage is an anchor, which is not intrinsically a bad thing, but it is an impediment to adventurous living. That anchor tends to reduce the adventurous living that we are likely only to do when we are young. And it thereby limits the learning that results from adventures. Moreover, being saddled with the often disastrous outcome of someone else's adventure is not likely to improve a marriage, or increase its lifespan.

    Second, even without having kids, people change more in our twenties than we do in our teens. Some of this is the results of adventurous living, and some of it is the result of biological maturation. This is when we tend to complete our educations, try out one or more professions, and get enough real information to START to figure out what we want from life. Marrying someone younger than thirty is like buying a house before the blueprints are complete or the materials are chosen. We all change throughout our lives, and our partners may not change in ways compatible with our changes, or what we want out of life. The rate of change after thirty tends to be slower, and the person is more stable to begin with. Even if the house is not complete, at least the blue prints are done.

    I am not saying that a marriage at twenty-nine is automatically doomed, or that one at thirty-one is a guaranty of blissful partnership. There are trends in how people develop physically and socially, and marrying after thirty takes advantage of the trends. After thirty we:
    -Are more likely to have settled in to our physically mature bodies and brains.
    -Are more likely to have worked through the most extreme kinks of risk assessment and risk mitigation.
    -Are more likely to know what we want out of life.
    -Are more likely to have completed an education and established ourselves in a profession.

  • Age hardly matters

    Marriage is a very demanding commitment which should be made only when the considered people are ready for it and not just because they have reached a certain age.There are a million other variables other than just age.The notion is too shallow and does not require being discussed in detail so this reasoning is enough to answer the "question"

  • This is wrong!

    This is not a good thing because they have their whole life ahead of them and they should not be throwing it all away at such a young age. I have a friend doing this and to me it is a bad idea becasue she is just giving it all up for a older guy.

  • No,they don't need to get married

    Teenage brain aren't mentally fully develop like an adult to foresee the consequence of their action.So they tend to make mistake frequently more than adult.They are already get affected by STD infection and teen pregnancy as i notice.We don't want teen to take risk in activities that could harm them.

  • No they shouldn't

    Although people at 18 or over are considered as adult,but they aren't fully mentally and physically develop like an full grown up adults.They are still in between teen age.Marriage should only apply for someone who are ready in financial planning and mentally and physically mature enough to take care of others.

  • No they should not

    18 years old is still immature.I do think that age between 18-20 is still immature as comparable as a child under 18 years old.Because they aren't fully mentally develop to take their own responsibility.Many of them still need education and marriage is taking away their freedom and advantage.No,it should not allowed.

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