A survey conducted among young Malayalis has revealed that 62 percent of singles of both sexes would prefer to live in a joint family after marriage.
The survey, which was released here Thursday, was conducted by Malayaleeshaadi.com, an exclusive matrimonial service for Malayalees, part of Shaadi.com.
The primary reason why the young Malayali singles prefer a joint family is on account of work pressures and sky-rocketing expenses, and hence a desire for family support around them.
Incidentally, this is in contrast to the nineties when young married couples, especially in the metro cities in the state, opted for the nuclear family concept citing freedom from traditions and the opportunities for a career.
The survey revealed that living in a joint family setup, the daily expenses can be shared and this seemed to be the logical action to take after marriage.
"Joint family becomes important here as the household chores would be equally divided among the family members. This would allow a young couple to dedicate more time and attention towards their work, minimizing the pressure the pair normally goes through in a nuclear setup," said the survey.
Commenting on the survey results, Gourav Rakshit, of Shaadi.com, said most Malayalees feel that being in a joint family serves this purpose.
"The sense of unity and security that a joint family provides cannot be found anywhere else. The survey was done as part of the constant research that Shaadi.com conducts in its attempt to gauge the preferences of its members," said Rakshit.