Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of July 20, 2014

1. If Marriage Moves Beyond Our Means, The New York Times
The situation is the most dire at the bottom of the economic ladder, where marriage “has all but disappeared in the poorest communities” — though not from a lack of respect for it, the authors say.

2. Marriage Falls Out of Favour for Young Europeans As Austerity And Apathy Bite, The Guardian
"But there are also economic causes because marriage means having a celebration and often this celebration is big and costs a lot. So in a time of crisis like this, people live together in an [unmarried] cohabitation."

3. The Best Way to Make Up After Any Argument, The Wall Street Journal
 "The biggest thing in making up is to understand that conflict is normal in a relationship," says Hal Shorey, a clinical psychologist and associate professor. . . "You don't want to avoid it. You want to manage it."

4. Are Evangelicals Bad for Marriage?, National Review Online
Using Add-Health data, Charles E. Stokes, Amber Lapp, and David Lapp looked at divorce risk among religiously affiliated people who marry “early” (ages 18 to 26) and found that for both conservative Protestants and Catholics, church attendance (but not affiliation) dramatically reduces divorce.

5. Marriage About More Than Finding Soul Mate: Column, USA Today
"With women more empowered to support themselves and marriage partially drained of its economic purpose, the young are inclined to focus on marriage's potential for deep emotional and sexual connection."

6. Millennials Say No to Marriage, CNN Money
If the current pace continues, more than 30% of Millennial women will remain unmarried by age 40, nearly twice the share of their Gen X counterparts, according to a recent Urban Institute report.

7. Moving In and Moving On, Family Studies
[C]ouples with clear plans to marry before cohabiting, along with those who marry without cohabiting, tend to have happier marriages and lower odds of divorce than those who move in together before having a clearly settled commitment to the future in marriage.

For more, see here.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of July 6, 2014

1. Our Love Affair With Predicting Divorce, The New York Times
By analyzing how the couples talked, the study authors. . . were able to create a model that predicted with close to 94 percent accuracy which of them would be divorced within three years. 

2. How Men and Women Think Differently About Divorce, Family Studies
To put that more simply: Thinking about leaving one’s marriage was associated more with an absence of positive connection for women and the presence of negative interaction for men.

3. Love & Lust, Psychology Today
In the prime years, ages 25 to 59, married individuals were five times more likely to have sex two to three times a week (25 percent) than singles (5 percent).

4. More Kids Born Outside Marriage, But Fewer Teen Birth, The Wall Street Journal 
In 1976, 30.8% of women between the ages of 25 and 29 were childless. In 2012, the number was 49.4%.

5. The National Marriage Age Is Increasing, But Not For This Group Of People, Deseret News
Women who don't put off marriage are beginning to say that marriage is a just as important as career accomplishment.

6. Why The Decline In Marriage Among First-Time Mothers Matters For Their Children, The Washington Post
"[T]hese data suggest that, even over the course of many years, women with a nonmarital first birth do not catch up to their counterparts whose first birth was in marriage."

7. Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With, Elite Daily
[T]hose who read fiction are capable of the most empathy and “theory of mind,” which is the ability to hold opinions, beliefs and interests apart from their own.

For more, see here.