relationships The Best Reasons Not to Get Married  

Lauren Slocum
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Marriage isn't for everyone. It's particularly not for those who enjoy having tons of fun, want to meet new people, crave spontaneous adventures, and cringe at the thought of commitment or children. Sure, marriage has been a standard cultural practice for centuries, but we're living in an era where experiencing the world has never been more possible. With the right resources, you can pretty much do whatever you want. Like seriously - when you're not married you can pretty much do whatever you want and it's common for adults these days to stay unmarried. 

Relationships can be great. You have a partner who's hopefully reliable and attentive. Hopefully you have enough sex and still find the time to explore yourself individually. But committing to a life of commitment and monogamy is a preemptive and proverbial middle finger to the thousands of opportunities you'll have to deny as your life progresses with that ring around your finger. So if you've been fishing for some reasons not to get married, we propose the following.

This list isn't meant to discourage you; think of this list of reasons to never get married merely as a checklist... are you really ready? Vote up the reasons you agree with most as far as why not get married and add any other reasons that have kept you from tying the knot. If you're on the fence, you can always check out this list of reasons to get married. Either way, best of luck.
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466 94
You Love Being Independent is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You Love Being Independent

2
467 156
You Like to Spend Your Own Mon... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You Like to Spend Your Own Money However You Please

3
404 139
You Don't Need a Partner t... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You Don't Need a Partner to Feel Complete

4
347 138
You Cherish Making Your Own Pl... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You Cherish Making Your Own Plans on the Weekend

5
349 154
Weddings Are Crazy Expensive is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
Weddings Are Crazy Expensive

6
332 158
You Can Support Yourself Finan... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You Can Support Yourself Financially

7
340 179
50% of All Marriages End in Di... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
50% of All Marriages End in Divorce

8
308 154
You Haven't Finished Pursu... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You Haven't Finished Pursuing Your Personal Goals

9
266 170
You'll Always Have to Answ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You'll Always Have to Answer to Someone Other Than Yourself

10
258 198
You're Completely Satisfie... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You're Completely Satisfied with Your Life

11
248 193
You've Already Experienced... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You've Already Experienced Multiple Long Term Relationships

12
252 203
You Can Hardly Stand to Be Aro... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You Can Hardly Stand to Be Around ANYONE for More Than 24 Hours

13
224 202
You Aren't Emotionally Sta... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You Aren't Emotionally Stable

14
199 218
You Haven't Dealt with Psy... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You Haven't Dealt with Psychological Issues from Your Childhood

The 20 Most Epic Wedding FAILs of All Time

15
186 204
You're Usually Attracted t... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You're Usually Attracted to Multiple People at a Time

16
163 225
You're Still Pursuing Your... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You're Still Pursuing Your Education

17
150 239
The Thought of Commitment Make... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
The Thought of Commitment Makes You Physically Ill

18
144 230
Big Events Give You Severe Anx... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
Big Events Give You Severe Anxiety

19
138 242
You Know That You Don't Wa... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You Know That You Don't Want Children

20
141 248
You Can't Stand Your S.O.&... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You Can't Stand Your S.O.'s Family

21
115 212
You're Trying to Fill an E... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You're Trying to Fill an Emotional Void

The Top Expenses You Don't Need

22
132 244
You Have Tons of Debt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You Have Tons of Debt

23
117 223
You Have a Serious and Extensi... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You Have a Serious and Extensive Career Path

24
103 200
You'd Never Relocate Your ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You'd Never Relocate Your Career for Anyone or Anything

25
113 224
You Want to Live Abroad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You Want to Live Abroad

26
122 246
Because Monogamy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
Because Monogamy

27
109 222
You'll Probably End Up Sle... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You'll Probably End Up Sleeping in Separate Bedrooms, Anyways

28
106 219
You'll Have Twice as Much ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You'll Have Twice as Much Family as Before

29
76 238
You're Still Using Hookup ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You're Still Using Hookup Apps Like Tinder

30
56 243
Your Profession Requires You t... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
Your Profession Requires You to Travel on the Regular