Millennials More Likely to Think Engagement Rings Symbolize Ownership

Millennials approve of the engagement ring tradition slightly less than past generations—and are more likely to think a ring symbolizes ownership.

A YouGov survey found that 77 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds approve of the tradition, versus 80 percent of 38- to 54-year-olds. By contrast, 87 percent of respondents older than 55 approve.

Most U.S. adults see engagement rings as a sign of love (51 percent) and commitment (64 percent).

However, younger generations are more likely to think a ring symbolizes “ownership” or “materialism.”

About 15 percent of millennials think an engagement ring symbolizes the economic status of the one proposing—compared to 4 percent over the age of 44.

Millennials are also the most likely age group (14 percent) to feel that engagement rings are a way to show ownership over the other person, versus 6 percent of 38- to 54-year-olds, and 4 percent for over 55s.

Full survey results can be seen here.

(Image courtesy of Mark Patterson)

JCK News Director

One response to “Millennials More Likely to Think Engagement Rings Symbolize Ownership”

  1. Fascinating. But it still represents a real minority of an age group. Plus… how many of the people who think “diamonds are materialistic” would have been in the diamond market anyway? I’m just a few months too old to be a Millennial and it seems as if I have been hearing the anti-materialism message since I was a teenager. And yet most of the Millennials I know are pretty materialistic. They just don’t have much money so they depend on other people to buy them stuff.

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