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"I do" is becoming something more like "I might", as one in three couples refuse to vow "til death do us part" at the altar, a new survey has revealed
According to the study of 1200 Australians by InsuranceLine, couples also believe a vow to avoid flirting online should be a matrimonial promise alongside the more traditional “to love, honour and cherish.”
Equal sharing of child rearing was also identified as an important wedding vow.
Only 18 percent of women said they were prepared to pledge to obey their partner compared to 27 percent of men.
InsuranceLine spokesman John Hoyle said that the results provided a good insight into the types of vows relevant to couples today.
“What’s evident from the poll is that we still believe that loving, cherishing and protecting each other is important, but there is a greater emphasis on equality and supporting each other, both emotionally and financially,” he said.
According to the survey, 34 percent will not commit to the traditional “until death do us part.”
It found men believed that to “cherish” their partner was the most important vow one could make.
For women, the traditional vow to stand by their partner in “sickness and health” was the most important vow.
The results showed both sexes supported a commitment to be faithful and not be flirtatious online, with 72 percent of women and 62 percent of men favouring this as an inclusion in modern vows.