NOTES: (1) Internet Usage and World Population Statistics updated as of June 30, 2016.(2) CLICK on each world region name for detailed regional usage information.The definition of marriage varies according to different cultures, but it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged.In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity.Conversely, such practices may be outlawed and penalized in parts of the world out of concerns for women's rights and because of international law.In developed parts of the world, there has been a general trend towards ensuring equal rights within marriage for women and legally recognizing the marriages of interfaith or interracial, and same-sex couples.(3) Demographic (Population) numbers are based on data from the Wearable technology is currently a hot topic and the interest in this sector continues to grow.It will transform many sectors of society and the economy.
Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognized union between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between them, between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws.
Whom they marry may be influenced by socially determined rules of incest, prescriptive marriage rules, parental choice and individual desire.
In some areas of the world, arranged marriage, child marriage, polygamy, and sometimes forced marriage, may be practiced as a cultural tradition.
When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal.
Individuals may marry for several reasons, including legal, social, libidinal, emotional, financial, spiritual, and religious purposes.
These trends coincide with the broader human rights movement.