Monday, February 24, 2014

The M.Guy Tweet, February 16, 2014

1. The All-or-Nothing Marriage, The New York Times
The average marriage today is weaker than the average marriage of yore, in terms of both satisfaction and divorce rate, but the best marriages today are much stronger, in terms of both satisfaction and personal well-being, than the best marriages of yore.

2. The Science Behind a Happy Relationship (Graphic), Happify
[Example] Couples who can put a positive spin on their marriage have a 94% chance of experiencing a happy future together.

3. 5 Facts About Love And Marriage, Pew Research Center
In a Pew Research Center survey conducted last year, 88% of Americans cited love as a “very important” reason to get married, ahead of making a lifelong commitment (81%) and companionship (76%). 

4. Marriage Quality May Influence Heart Disease Risk, The Chicago Tribune
"The most intriguing finding was that within a couple, only if both of them felt ambivalent towards their partner did you see this elevated (heart disease) risk," said Bert Uchino, a psychologist at the University of Utah and lead author of the study.

5. How Single Motherhood Hurts Kids, The New York Times
The typical American single mother is younger than her counterpart in other developed nations. She is also more likely to live in a community where single motherhood is the norm rather than an alternative life choice.

6. Marriage Bonus and Penalty Tax Calculator, Tax Policy Center: Urban Institute and Brookings Institution
Conversely, the couple receives a “marriage bonus” if its partners pay less income tax as a married couple than they would have as two single individuals.

7. In Our Opinion: Fatherhood Hasn't Received The Attention It Deserves, Deseret News
“The time a dad spends with his children is a particularly strong predictor of how empathetic a child will become. . ."

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Monday, February 17, 2014

The M.Guy Tweet, February 9, 2014

1. Love, Actually: Teaching Generation Y The Basics Of A Strong Relationship, New York Times
Their romance operandi — hooking up and hanging out — flouts the golden rule of what makes marriages and love work: emotional vulnerability.

2. What's The Secret To A Long And Lasting Marriage? (VIDEO), Fox News
Divorce and unwed childbearing cost US taxpayers a whooping 112 billion dollars every year and is costing our country in more ways than one.

3. Candy And Flowers: Romance Alive And Well Among Young Couples, Washington Times
"The fact that we know we can really help couples succeed in their relationship together is encouraging, said Ms. Howell. “As young couples gain access to these classes, it really helps build [their] confidence that we, as a young couple, can make it together.”

4. Forever Valentine: Study Shows Marriage Gets Better In Old Age, UC Berkley News Center
The emotional story for long-term marriages is really quite positive. People who get through the first 15 years of marriage learn to value each other.

5. Marriage Education Programs Can Help Low-income Families But Need Bolstering, Report Says, Deseret News
The interventions are especially crucial for children because kids in unstable families "suffer physically, have mental health issues, they're lonelier, and just like the intergenerational cycle of poverty, there's intergenerational transmission of divorce," said Hawkins.

6. Culture Of Divorce, Wealth Of Options Conspire To Keep Singles Single, Knox News
One is cultural, he said, as the first generation of children to grow up witnessing mass divorce (now in their 20s and 30s) worry that relationships are so risky that they constantly hedge their bets.

7. Map: The Countries That Feel the Most Love in the World, The Atlantic
That last stat comes from what the economist Justin Wolfers has described as "the most comprehensive global index of love ever constructed."

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Monday, February 10, 2014

The M.Guy Tweet, February 2, 2014

1. How When Harry Met Sally Explains Inequality, The Atlantic
That's high-earning college grads marrying each other—which a new paper estimates has increased inequality by 25 percent.

2. Does A More Equal Marriage Mean Less Sex?, New York Times
Couples in which the husband did plenty of traditionally male chores reported a 17.5 percent higher frequency of sexual intercourse than those in which the husband did none.

3. New Census Data Show More Americans Are Tying The Knot, But Mostly It’s The College-Educated, Pew Research
Thus, almost the entire increase in new marriages (87%) from 2011 to 2012 is accounted for by the college-educated.

4. Marriage: What’s Love Got To Do With It? Historically? Very Little, Salt Lake Tribune
The ideal of love as a primary reason for marriage began to spread in the late 18th century and early 19th century, partly due to the French and American revolutions.

5. Poll: Is Dating Too Expensive?, The Guardian
"We're all going to be single forever because no one knows they're on a date anymore," TIME lamented last month, prompted by a survey from online dating powerhouses JDate and Christian Mingle which showed that 72% of singles ages 25-29 were confused about whether or not they were on a date.

6. Unequal Partners, Slate
Among college-educated people, in particular, the tendency is not so much to marry within your community as to marry within your educational cohort.

7. National Marriage Week USA Tool Kit, National Marriage Week USA
From February 7th to 14th every year -- is a collaborative campaign to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate, and build a stronger marriage culture, which in turn helps curtail poverty and benefits children.

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