kids getting married far too young, in their teens and early 20's, before they were really ready for that kind of responsibility
Too true. Its a huge problem.
I can only speak for myself, but I think it partly springs from the fact that you cant go to college, and you have to do SOMETHING with your life, and partly from the overwhelming urge to have sex, which can only be legitimately satisfied with marriage.
For me the urge was so strong it made me mistake a common crush for real love. If I had even had the option to have sex I might not have done it, but I wouldnt have felt as compelled towards the only available option - marriage.
Im not saying its all about sex, but it skews and distorts everything and bum rushes you into making hasty decisions.