Marriage isn’t all it’s made out to be

champagne_banner_our_wedding_500_wht_604For years scientists have said that married people are happier, healthier and wealthier than single people.

Well it’s not true!

Single people exercise more, have better health and more friends compared to married people.

Psychologist Bella DePaulo says earlier studies are flawed because they didn’t take into account the consequences of divorce. In most studies people for whom marriage was awful were excluded as divorcees were counted as singletons.

In reality married people are unlikely to see life as a continuous opportunity to learn new things and develop friendships.

They are more likely to be putting up with an unfulfilling job and a dwindling circle of friends a they await their end.

DePaulo says that for many people being single is a positive, rational choice and they are living the dream.

Lifelong singletons also have more fulfilling jobs and are more interested in self-improvement.

Married people who end up getting divorced end up worse off than people who stay single thus skewing the results even more in favour of married people.

Other research suggests that married men are healthier because their wife nags them!

I’m surprised she doesn’t mention the impact of children or grandchildren on relationships.  Also in these days of gender fluidity and same sex marriages how do these trends influence the data?

You know what they say about lies and statistics!

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3 thoughts on “Marriage isn’t all it’s made out to be

  1. kindadukish says:

    So why am I sceptical about another piece of research carried out by a psychologist?

    • info4u2bu says:

      She makes a valid point about the flaws in previous research. Instead of married v single they should have had married, divorced & never married. Now they’d have to include all the LGBT variations as well!

  2. mikethepsych says:

    Reblogged this on Mike the Psych's Blog.

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