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DEBATE FORUM: In the Future - when Humans are Immortal - What will Happen to Marriage?

Posted: Fri, March 22, 2013 | By: DEBATE



If people live for 1,000+ years, will they really take vows to be together “till death do us part”?

Will marriage dissolve into contracts of specified time lengths, that are renewed, or not?

Or will matrimony continue, as an “eternal” bond, but everyone will be polyamorous?

What types of sexual and romantic relationships will people have, if lifespan is immensely extended?

Monogamy will disappear, won’t it? Would anyone commit to that, for centuries?

This topic was posted at KurzweilAI, that discussion is HERE

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I cam see marriage disappearing for many, but I am hoping to marry a girl who is my best friend before we start dating, since I doubt any relationship can truly last unless your best friends, and for those of us who are best friends with our partners, companions, etc. I would very much like to live life and explore the universe with her by my side for thousands of years, if not longer. That’s something I think about often, how intimate we could possibly be in such a world. Intimacy alone would be a much deeper experience I think. Many cant handle being married for even five years, so I can’t expect many to remain married for thousands of years. Personally, I’m hoping to be excluded from that category.

By Brandon King on Mar 14, 2013 at 8:18am

Divorce is already a thing for a reason.

By Lovesmasher on Mar 14, 2013 at 8:35am

Marriage is an almost outdated social construct, designed to ensure safety of the offspring and the dependant partner (if any). Obsoletion of marriage will likely come not from immortality, but rather from abundance (where well-being of an individual is independent of whether or not they are part of a familial unit), birth control combined with artificial embryo growth (ensuring no unwanted pregnancies ever happen), and a robust institute of social care (ensuring well-being of children regardless of whether or not the parents are capable of taking good care of them).

That being said, crimes of passion are likely to remain a significant proportion of antisocial behavior when crime is no longer driven by scarcity, because humans are irreplaceable and in limited supply by definition, and this is not going to change (creating a copy of someone for “personal use” would be possible but illegal in the extreme, being a case of slavery). As such, I imagine that having an overt attachment to some individual would be viewed as unhealthy due to limiting the potential freedom of said individual, and official declaration of relationships, if they ever keep existing (they likely will, out of tradition), would not be rigid and monogamous, and would probably be easily breakable by mutual consent with no hard feelings associated.

Still, some people are likely to be able to pull off this “eternal love” thing. That would, in some cases, mean that people re-engineer themselves to be better compatible with each other, including, but not limited to, having a technology-assisted telepathic bond. Some outside observers would find this adorable, others - a limitation of individual freedoms for no reason.

Finally, it would be wise to assume that officially declared relationships will probably not be limited to a single man and a single woman. We’re going to see every form of consensual relationship that ever existed in civilization now legal and accepted, from polygamy, to sex commune, to widespread bisexuality. The latter is a natural outcome of a state where an individual is likely to be able to change gender many times, and would be by no means limited to male or female. Hermaphrodites, androgynous asexuality, or even bizarre artificial fetish-based biology (go go tentacle sex monster) are likely to be the norm. A common situation would be when a person would rather mold themselves into their ideal of sexuality, rather than seeking a partner that conforms to it.

By Starheart on Mar 14, 2013 at 9:40am

Til death do us part has been ridiculous for quite some time now.  It works for some (I’m in that happy minority) but it clearly doesn’t work for the majority.

Marriage has *always* been a contract—even if people didn’t realize it.  What it desperately needs is reasonable termination clauses.  (Note: I don’t believe that specified time lengths is the wave of the future or a particularly good idea, though).

I think that the future will hold a lot more of the present.  A lot of serial monogamy.  A lot of cheating.  A few honest open relationships.  But polyamory isn’t stable for most people so I wouldn’t expect to see a major upswing until we really aren’t human anymore.

By Mark Waser on Mar 14, 2013 at 10:02am

There will be no big differences because of immortality.

“If people live for 1,000+ years, will they really take vows to be together “till death do us part”?  Just like now, many will take’m and many will break’em.

“Will marriage dissolve into contracts of specified time lengths, that are renewed, or not?”  A useful principle which will become more common.

“will matrimony continue, as an “eternal” bond, but everyone will be polyamorous?”  Another good concept that will become more prevalent.  But it will be affected by the diminishing significance of sex as the only or main source of pleasure.

“What types of sexual and romantic relationships will people have, if lifespan is immensely extended?”  Many will become creative because of the invasion of ‘love life’ by technology.  Others will not be interested at all.

“Monogamy will disappear, won’t it? Would anyone commit to that, for centuries?”  No.  For some commitment will become more rewarding and easier to maintain the langer it lasts.

By René Milan on Mar 14, 2013 at 11:14am

I think that depends on individual people. Just like now, there are couples that practice polyamorous and couples that practice manogomy. As long as jealousy plays an issue in society ( I do not see how that will disappear just because the lifespan goes up) then people are not going to want to share their partner.

By Lin on Mar 14, 2013 at 11:16am

Marriage is already disappearing even before immortality is within reach. For example, in Germany it’s very common among people under 30-40 to live together for extended periods of time and then move on, almost noone wants to marry and have kids, not even women.

By Gans on Mar 14, 2013 at 7:30pm


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