Lifestyle 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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494 98
You Love Being Independent is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You Love Being Independent

2
498 157
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
428 147
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
370 147
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
374 161
Weddings Are Crazy Expensive is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
Weddings Are Crazy Expensive

6
353 166
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
329 160
You Haven't Finished Pursu... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You Haven't Finished Pursuing Your Personal Goals

8
360 185
50% of All Marriages End in Di... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
50% of All Marriages End in Divorce

9
280 177
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
270 206
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
259 201
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
260 214
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
238 210
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
197 210
You're Usually Attracted t... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You're Usually Attracted to Multiple People at a Time

15
208 227
You Haven't Dealt with Psy... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You Haven't Dealt with Psychological Issues from Your Childhood

16
172 234
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
161 247
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
154 240
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
152 246
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
149 255
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
124 220
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

22
111 203
You'd Never Relocate Your ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You'd Never Relocate Your Career for Anyone or Anything

23
123 227
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
136 255
You Have Tons of Debt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reasons Not to Get Married
You Have Tons of Debt

25
120 229
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