Almost four in ten American couples, or 39 per cent of those polled in a Time magazine study, now believe that marriage is becoming obsolete, according to results published by the magazine on Thursday after conducting a new survey.
The findings of the survey, conducted in conjunction with the Pew Research Centre, were published online and in this week's issue of the magazine.
The results pointed out some key transformations the American society was undergoing since the poll was conducted in 1978 by Time magazine. The most significant fact thrown up by the research is that 40 per cent of Americans believe marriage is obsolete, up from 28 per cent in 1978.
Another important result pointing out the socio-economic gap inherent in the American society was that the median household income of married adults was 41 per cent higher than unmarried adults, up 29 per cent from 50 years ago.
The research also showed that nearly one in three American children were now living with a parent who was divorced, separated or never married, a five-fold increase from 1960.
However, Belinda Luscombe, editor at Time magazine, explains that marriage is still important to most Americans, but it doesn't dominate family life like it did in the 1950s.
Despite a growing view that marriage may not be necessary, 67 per cent of Americans were upbeat about the future of marriage and family.