A behavioral science professor at a London University says that marriage is not for everybody and in particular women. Professor Paul Dolan says that when it comes to men they seem to benefit more from the institution because marriage makes them calm down and take less risks (Yes, we know that is subjective). Dolan says that, “The healthiest and happiest population sub-group are women who never married or had children”. Dolan’s latest research is presented in his book, Happy Ever After: Escaping The Myth of The Perfect Life.
You may have difficulty digesting this one. Dolan says, “Married people are happier than other population sub-groups but only when their spouse is in the room when they’re asked how happy they are”. Dolan does acknowledge that being married with children is viewed by some as a sign of success.
Dolan says middle-aged married women are at a higher risk of developing physical conditions and mental illnesses than their male counterparts. Dolan continues, “You see a single woman of 40 who has never had children-Bless, that’s a shame, isn’t it? Maybe one day you’ll meet the right guy and that’ll change. No, maybe she’ll meet the wrong guy and that’ll change. Maybe she’ll meet a guy who makes her less happy and healthy, and die sooner.” Dolan’s latest book cites evidence from the American Time Use Survey.
In the UK, Mintel surveyed a range of single women and found that 61 percent of unmarried females were happy being single. And 75 percent of single women are not looking for a partner.
A Psych Central study found that both men and women became dissatisfied with their marriages, but women experience declines in marital contentment much faster than men. Also Psych Central finds that 70 percent of divorces are initiated by women.
Yes, the institution of marriage is still alive and well. The divorce rate dropped a staggering 18 percent from 2008 to 2016. The Pew Research Center reports half of Americans ages 18 and older were married in 2017. I have an aunt and uncle who seem to have the “perfect marriage”. They were lucky enough to find the right partner. After all-isn’t that what it’s all about?
Source: Gary R’nel
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