Lifestyle

Modern women favour work over love

A NEW study has revealed that more and more single Australian women consider their career and financial security more important than getting married and settling down, with 66 per cent claiming they'd prefer a promotion over a proposal.

With most respondents agreeing that it's better to wait for financial security before getting married - even if that means a long engagement.

The survey, commissioned by Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to mark the DVD release of The Five Year Engagement, also found that 82 per cent of unmarried women aged 25 and over would rather have a big bank balance than take a walk down the aisle.

Almost three quarters (71 per cent) of those surveyed claimed to prefer a holiday over a husband.

Relationship expert Dr Nikki Goldstein said the survey results show women often fear becoming a wife and mother, often because they feel their life could be instantly put on hold.

"Similar to the stereotypical power women of the 80s, society has seen the rise of the 'alpha female', a woman who wants to call the shots in the relationship and not be pigeonholed as 'the wife'," Dr Goldstein said.

"Furthermore, having children is likely to be more disruptive to a woman's career than a man's.

"For  career oriented women, love is certainly changing."

Yet it seems that this modern approach to love and marriage is not confined only to women.

The results revealed 39 per cent of unmarried Australian men and women believe that getting married too quickly can slow down or halt career progression, while 61 per cent said that they would prefer a long engagement over getting married quickly.

"With the divorce rate at 40 per cent in Australia, it's no surprise longer engagements are becoming more commonplace and are often being considered as a 'trial marriage'," Dr Goldstein said.

"Indeed, 59 per cent of unmarried men and women believe that a long engagement is important to confirm they have chosen the right partner, further evidence that more couples seek to take the stress out of their relationship by having enough time to plan their wedding and put the training wheels on long term commitment".

So what of the wedding itself and the cost involved in creating the perfect 'big day'?

89 per cent of unmarried Australians feel that a 'dream wedding' is not worth the cost, with the average estimation of the cost of a wedding being $18,485.99.

This is just over the average spend of those married in the last five years at $16,545.29.

The study results perfectly mirror themes from romantic comedy The Five Year Engagement, starring Emily Blunt and Jason Segal, in which work constantly seems to get in the way of marriage.
 

Research Overview

  • Research was conducted by Lonergan Research among 1,054 Australians aged 18 and over.
  • Researchers asked respondents who are currently single, engaged or married to rate the importance of goals.

 

>> To read more lifestyle stories

Topics:  business career dating finance lifestyle love marriage relationships women



Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

McCulkin jury may consider manslaughter as an alternative

Vincent O'Dempsey.

"We know that he's a jealous, violent man,” the court heard.

Council moves into confidential sessions

NEW PROJECTS: Southern Downs Regional Council has been given almost $3 million through the Works for Queensland funding.

Councils are allowed to discuss matters in a closed session

Second drink driving charge in two weeks

Warwick Court House

His licence was immediately suspended

Local Partners

Rebel Wilson says she didn’t have to lie to make it

I’M not glamorous, but that doesn’t make me a liar: that’s the message from Rebel Wilson on her second day in the witness box.

All bets on Judah to win battle to become the Voice

Judah Kelly from The Voice.

Judah Kelly is the clear favourite to win the competition.

Kim Kardashian slammed over Manchester tribute

Kim Kardashian's tribute to Manchester didn't go down well

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Top Gun.

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

Stacey Louise’s sex lie destroys her relationship.

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life.

Why Crowe’s thankful for those ‘bulls**t’ rumours

Russell Crowe and Terri Irwin in 2007.

Crowe and Terri Irwin have been dodging dating rumours for years now

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!