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Yay! Depressing news!

Early to wed may make marriage happy, survey says

Gee, thank you so much USA Today for going to such great lengths to cheer me up =P


"The odds for a happy marriage may favor those who tie the knot between the ages of 23 and 27, says a survey out Thursday."

Oh great =P

"The average age at first marriage in the USA has been inching upward; it's now 26 for women and 27 for men."

Can i have a standard deviation for that please? I'd like to know how long till i fall off the edge of the graph.

"Findings shouldn't create panic among those approaching 30, he says. "Those marriages turned out better but maybe not because of the age," he says. "Some people may be just too picky or too choosy or not extremely desirable.""

Oh good! Thank you for the reassurance! I _was_ starting to panic, but now i can take heart in the fact that there's nothing wrong, i'm just too picky too choosy or not extremely desirable! And there should still be pleanty of too picky, too choosy, or not extremely desirable females left for me to choose from! I'd like to think that i'm not _particularly_ choosy or picky. (I'll just try not to think about which option that leaves left) Hey! Anyone out there want to date me? Anyone at all? *listens to the crickets*

"Frank Furstenberg, a sociology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, says the times are so different that past assumptions should be rejected. "The dregs in 1960 may have been people marrying in their late 20s and early 30s," he says. "That isn't true today.""

So how much longer do i have until i attain a state dregitude? (dregness?) =P



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Early to wed may make marriage happy, survey says

By Sharon Jayson, USA TODAY /Thu Nov 17, 8:02 AM ET/

Americans are waiting longer to get married, but they shouldn't wait too
long: The odds for a happy marriage may favor those who tie the knot
between the ages of 23 and 27, says a survey out Thursday.

The average age at first marriage in the USA has been inching upward;
it's now 26 for women and 27 for men.

The survey asked a variety of questions about marriage and divorce,
including attitudes toward cohabitation and raising children.
Eighty-eight percent of respondents said marriage should be a lifelong
commitment.

The survey was designed and analyzed by University of Texas sociology
professor Norval Glenn for the National Fatherhood Initiative, which
advocates marriage and family values.

To determine marital satisfaction and success, Glenn says, the answers
to a series of questions were calculated according to a statistical
index, including adjustments for the length of marriages as well as the
age at first marriage.

Findings shouldn't create panic among those approaching 30, he says.
"Those marriages turned out better but maybe not because of the age," he
says. "Some people may be just too picky or too choosy or not extremely
desirable."

Other researchers worry that the findings, based on a 15-minute national
telephone survey of 1,503 men and women ages 18 and older in late 2003
and early 2004, may alarm those unattached and marriage-minded.

"The last thing you want is to have them take this as a rule," says
Stephanie Coontz, a professor of history and family studies at Evergreen
State College in Olympia, Wash. "If you're in a good relationship and if
you want to marry, there's no reason to postpone it."

Andrew Cherlin, a professor of sociology and public policy at Johns
Hopkins University in Baltimore, says marrying too young or too old
carries a greater risk of divorce. But now, "as people wait longer and
longer to marry, the definition of what's too old keeps changing."

"In the 1950s, 28 was really old to get married. Now it's not so old,
which means there are more unmarried people for a 28-year-old to choose
from," he says.

Frank Furstenberg, a sociology professor at the University of
Pennsylvania, says the times are so different that past assumptions
should be rejected. "The dregs in 1960 may have been people marrying in
their late 20s and early 30s," he says. "That isn't true today."
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