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?

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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.  

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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.