Marriage is not necessarily bad (it would depend on an incredibly wide range of factors), however, the establishment of a blind social standard that one must get married is overrated. If one is only getting married because they are being pressured into it, is the marriage really worth going through?
people seem to think that its the ultimate way to be happy. they fail to understand its a matter of personal preference some like it some don't I don't want to get married or have kids ever and I hate hearing things like "oh you'll change your mind" its annoying and disrespectful.
The idea that everybody needs to get married and have a happily little family is overrated-- families aren't for everybody & marriage isn't for everybody either.
There are more things in life than fulfilling the biological imperative to reproduce... There are also more things to do that are equally satisfying and create something that will outlast you.
It's everyone's end goal. Something most people fail to accomplish.
Of course you can both live together without getting married.
I don't believe marriage should be temporary so I don't believe the people who say "your just going to be divorced". Very few reasons are used that make it OK to do so in my opinion . No it isnt the ultimate way to be happy but it is the ultimate commitment as long as you don't view divorce as an option. it makes it ok to have kids because you know that the person will never leave. Kids are not overrated, they are your legacy. Kids are the only thing you can give to the world worth a dam. you can have a house but many people would gladly burn it down if it some how could save a child. You can become a king and be remembered for generations but it you still don't have kids you have no legacy, no heir.
It's a very rewarding experience. However, the self-centered types just aren't equipped with the ability to handle it.