Sydney: Youths in Australia now give more importance to higher education than marriage, a new study has revealed.

According to the latest Australian Social Trends report, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has found that a smaller numbers of young adults are getting married between the ages of 18 and 34 in 2011 when compared to 1976, a daily reported.

According to the ABS, the 1976 census showed 67 percent of 24-year-olds were married, compared with 14 percent in the 2011 census.

Jane Griffin-Warwicke, director of social and progress reporting for the ABS, said in the report that they have seen a large proportion of young adults getting married. Warwicke noted that young adults are much more educated today than their counterparts from 25 years ago.

Meanwhile, Bronwyn Townsend, a 21-year-old journalism and public relations student, told the publication that he believes that today more importance is placed upon tertiary education than marriage. He said that rather than avoiding marriage altogether, young adults are simply delaying marriage due to tough financial situations.


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