A number of recent articles have touched on the subject of couples cohabitating rather than get married. According to a recent Time Magazine article, young couples may be reluctant to get married our of fear of being 'trapped" in the relationship should things start going badly. According to this Time article, in the 1960's, about 72% of Americans were married. From 2009 to 2010, the marriage rate in the United States dropped another 5% alone. What I find interesting is the presumptive talk of "risk" prior to marriage. Seemingly a dour outlook on a traditionally happy time for most couples, what social and economic factors have contributed to the grim attitudes?