Monday, October 5, 2015

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of September 27, 2015

1. Digital Romance: The Teens Get It, The Atlantic
Social media, in particular, is extra helpful for boys. While 59 percent of teens overall felt that social media helped them connect to their boyfriends and girlfriends, 65 percent of boys felt this way.

2. These Women Can't Find Enough Marriageable Men, CBS
Given the shortage of college-educated men, highly educated women are likely to either look for men who have fewer qualifications (and likely earn less) than them, or else skip marriage entirely, the researchers said.

3. Is There A Shortage Of Marriageable Men?, Newsweek
We also found that concerns about a shortage of marriageable men among black Americans are likely due to high rates of incarceration and early death among black men.

4. Relationship Breakdown: Family Stability Is Vital For A Thriving Society, The Telegraph
Relationship breakdown currently costs Britain an estimated £47 billion a year, but just £7.5 million of government funding is made available for prevention.

5. Around The Globe, Less Marriage = More Single Parents, Family Studies
Notably, the percentage of adults married in the United States fell from 52 percent in 2005 to 45 percent in 2010.

6. When It Comes To Family Structure, The U.S. Is A Laggard, Family Studies
In these regions, the United States (27 percent), the United Kingdom (24 percent), and New Zealand (24 percent) exhibit particularly high levels of single parenthood.

7. 10 Heroic Things You Can Do To Save Your Marriage, Deseret News National
“The third big takeaway from their research was that those who considered their spouse a ‘best friend’ boasted the highest levels of happiness — in fact, the well-being benefits were twice as large for those couples. . ."

For more, see here.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of September 13, 2015

Dear Readers,

The M.Guy Tweet will be postponed by a week, due to a bad case of the flu in our family. Thanks!


Monday, September 7, 2015

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of August 30, 2015

1. A New Book Answers Why It’s So Hard For Educated Women To Find Dates, The Washington Post
The dating pool for college-educated people in their 30s now has five women for every four men. For people in their 20s, it's four women for every three men.

2. The Science Of A Happy Marriage, CNN
[P]ast research has actually shown that relationship satisfaction is influenced as much, if not more, by how we react to each other's good news.

3. Republicans Say They Are Happier With Their Marriages, New York Times
Self-identified Republicans are more likely to be married and less likely to be divorced than self-identified Democrats, write he and Nicholas H. Wolfinger, based on an analysis of the General Social Survey, an oft-studied national poll.

4. What God Has Joined Together: Religion And The Risk of Divorce, Family Studies
People who attend religious services every week are 15 percentage points less likely to have ever been divorced than those who rarely attend. Clearly religious involvement matters for one’s chances of a lasting marriage, above and beyond which religious group one is a part of.

5. Why Women Are More Likely To Ask for A Divorce, TIME
Women initiated 69% of divorces, compared to 31% of men. But if men and women were living together without marrying, each gender was equally likely to initiate a breakup.

6. You Need To Tell Your Child's Teacher About Your Divorce, Los Angeles Times
"The more the teachers understand the context of [children's] behavior, the more successful they can be at their jobs," Maxfield said.

7. Why Millennials Aren't Forming New Households, City Lab
According to the latest figures, about a third of Millennials are sharing living quarters with their folks.

For more, see here.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of August 16, 2015

I'm on vacation this week. Check back for the usual bi-weekly update on September 7, 2015. Thanks and enjoy your holiday!

Monday, August 17, 2015

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of August 2, 2015

1. A Millennial Couple Asks: Can We Afford To Have A Baby?, The Washington Post
“We’re just trying to figure out if we’re on the right path,” Saro says. “Based on our financial status, is having a family and growing a possibility, or is it too scary right now?”

2. Americans Are Having The Most Babies In These 20 Cities, Bloomberg Business
The common thread that unites many of these cities is that they have high numbers of young households, according to Mark Mather, associate vice president for domestic programs at the Population Reference Bureau in Washington. 

3. The New Wave Of Millennial Moms Will Be Educated And Married To 'Do-It-All' Dads, Deseret News National
Among 18- to 29-year-olds who are not currently married and have no children, 70 percent say they want to marry and 74 percent say they want to have children.

4. 6 Signs Your Marriage Will Last A Lifetime, MSN
Research shows that couples who do new or different things together--even if it's as simple as a fresh mulching technique--are happier than those who fall into a same-old routine.

5. The Great Teen Sex Decline?, City Journal
What the numbers really say is that with the exception of using more emergency contraception—a.k.a. “the morning-after pill”—teens haven’t changed their sexual habits much since the agency’s last survey in 2002.

6. An Optimal Age To Marry? Age At Marriage And Divorce Risk In Europe And The US, Family Studies
The optimal time to start a lasting first union or marriage is around age 30. 

7. Generation X And Millennials Attitudes Toward Marriage & Divorce, BGSU National Center for Family and Marriage Research
Singles who have cohabited (45%) and cohabitors (49%) are most supportive of divorce.

For more, see here.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of July 19, 2015

1. Unmarried Women Now Drive America’s Fertility Trends, And They’re Having Fewer Kids, Wall Street Journal
If you look at the chart above, there’s a kind of tug of war going on between the “married” rate, up top, and the “unmarried” rate, down below. What’s new in recent years is that the unmarried rate now has the greater pull.

2. The College Majors That Are Most Likely To Marry Each Other, Washington Post
Interestingly, the data shows that marrying within your major is more common for people who are an extreme gender minority in their field of study. For example, both male nurses and female engineers are much more likely to find a spouse in their major.

3. In Love—and in Debt, The Atlantic
In one recent survey, 44 percent of Americans said personal finances were the toughest thing to talk about—ahead of religion, politics, and even death.

4. Modern Love Redux: Readers Offer Their Own Honest Thoughts On Marriage, New York Times
That’s probably the best advice I would give — when thinking about choosing a partner, be selfish. Does this person share your values, your likes and dislikes, your ideas on how to live life?

5-7 Goldilocks Theory of Marriage

5. The Goldilocks Theory of Marriage, Slate
Call it the Goldilocks theory of marriage: Getting married too early is risky, but so is getting married too late. Your late 20s and early 30s are just right.

6. People Who Get Married In Mid-30s Or Later At Higher Risk For Divorce, New Study Suggests, People
A new study from University of Utah psychologist Nicholas H. Wolfinger found that those who marry in their mid-30s (or. . . later) are more likely to divorce than people who marry in their late 20s.

7. Math Says This Is The Perfect Age To Get Married, TIME
Still, there are a few truisms backed by research: Having money and a college degree reduces your chances of getting divorced, as does getting engaged before moving in together and waiting to have kids until after the nuptials. Those you can pretty much take to the bank. 

For more from Dr. Wolfinger, see here.  

For more, see here.

Monday, July 13, 2015

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of July 5, 2015

1. Are Women More Likely Than Men To End A Relationship?, ESPN
A review of the literature on divorce that appeared in the journal American Law and Economics Review. . . found that 60 percent to 80 percent of divorces in the U.S. are filed by women.

2. Marriage Remains the Gold Standard, The New York Times
Marriage, by contrast, is marked by a public, dramatic expression of commitment that functions to make each spouse underline their commitment to one another, to foster needed support from friends and family on behalf of the relationship and to recognize their relationship in the eyes of the state.

3. Two Marines, One Deployment And The End Of A Marriage, National Public Radio
I used to have nightmares that someone would knock on the door with a flag. And that's all that I was gonna get back.

4. The Cost Of A Wedding: Colorado Couples Share Their Budgets And Planning Advice, Denver Post
According to The Knot, the average wedding in the U.S. cost $31,213 in 2014.

5. The Surprising Benefits Of Marrying Young, The Art of Manliness
A 2010 study found that couples who married between the ages of 22 and 25 were more likely to describe their marriage as “very happy” than couples who got married in other age brackets.

6. Intact Families, Continued: The Red-County Advantage, The New York Times
“The data suggest that marriage is more likely to ground and guide adult lives, including the entry into parenthood, in red America."

7. A Father’s Struggle to Stop His Daughter’s Adoption, The Atlantic
In the United States, when an unmarried man has a baby, his partner can give it up without his consent—unless he happens to know about an obscure system called the responsible father registry.

For more, see here.