Early teen marriages have many downsides
THESE days, we see a rising rate of teen marriages in Malaysia and it has become almost like a trend for youngsters to follow. Most of the time, the average age of teenagers who get married is between 15 and 18 years old.
The factors that contribute to teen marriages are love, teen pregnancy, arranged marriages, and economic, political or cultural reasons. There are also some who use their religion’s name to make the marriage sound legal to everyone when they actually have done something wrong that led them to tie the knot.
I would say that some of the teenagers who choose to tie the knot do so because they are deeply in love and want to share their lifetime with their partner. They abruptly make the decision to get involved in a marriage because they believe that once they get married, everything will be picture perfect.
As for those who are forced by their families, they cannot go against their families’ request as usually their parents would help support them even after they get married.
However, shouldering such a huge responsibility at such a young age requires teenagers to sacrifice their teenage life and freedom to explore new experiences that the world has to offer.
As teens get married with no permanent career and little education, their life journey will be tougher than they expect. They will face a lot of responsibilities which they will not be mature enough to handle. The jobs that they hold will not provide them with enough money, causing them to work extra time or do another part-time job. When teens have too much on their plate, they will focus less on each other. That is when they start to put the blame on each other and bicker regularly.
With a lack of education, they will not have the chance to pursue a better career and expand their knowledge in order to have a brighter future.
In a nutshell, a marriage may look promising for teenagers but the negative factors far outweigh the positive ones.