Shaadi.com, the world’s largest matrimonial service recently conducted a poll, on the occasion of Mother’s Day in May 2011, to reflect the partner preferences mother’s take into account while selecting the right match for their children. The survey revealed that 67% mothers felt that their opinion is very important while selecting a life-partner for their children, followed by 30% mothers who believe their opinion is fairly important and 3% who feel their opinion doesn’t matter.
As seen in the results, the opinion of the family plays a very essential role when it comes to marriages.
Even in modern times, marriage decisions are taken collectively by the family members. The survey was taken by 25000 mothers, 55% participants were mothers of female members of Shaadi.com and rest 45% were mothers of male members.
With the change in time, mothers have realised that the requisite for marriage is to encourage their children to be well acquainted with the future partner. This is unlike the earlier times where a couple of meetings by the parents were sufficient to get their children married. The survey reflected that mothers are more open to the idea of their children getting-to-know their partner before marriage. Out of the total survey takers, 84% mothers feel it is extremely important to let their children know their partner well prior to getting married, 14% feel it is somewhat important and only 2% feel it is not important.
Given the load of running a household and the prominence of joint-family in India, 66% mothers would not want their child to get married in a family which has a single child as compared to 34% who wouldn’t mind it. In today’s highly competitive environment, the support of the family is significant and has the potential to ensure sustainability of life. Although the trend of nuclear families is on a rise, the traditional Indian joint family system is still preferred as it provides security and comfort.