Food for thought: interesting data on marital relations, divorce

In a country as diverse as the United States, it seems wholly unsurprising that a wealth of truly interesting information exists concerning marriage and divorce.

Courtesy of a media report chronicling noteworthy marriage/divorce findings, we pass some of that information along to our readers in the Atlanta area and throughout the rest of Georgia.

Truly, some of what follows seems instantly relevant and even significant.

Consider, for example, that increasingly more people across the country seem to be balking at the prospect of marriage, or at least delaying for an appreciable amount of time before tying the marital knot. According to data released by the Pew Research Center, Americans are unquestionably waiting longer these days to get hitched than was the case in bygone years.

To wit: The average age for marrying men and women in 1960 was 23 and 20, respectively. Reportedly, those numbers now stand at 29 and 27.

And more of those people are apparently thinking hard about — or ultimately executing — premarital agreements. As we have noted in select prior posts for our readers, drafting such a contract can actually be a harbinger of good things to come in a marriage, given that entering into such an agreement involves a couple’s candid discussion of important topics at an opportune time prior to marriage.

Here a few more takeaways from research-driven findings presented in the above-cited media source. One stresses that heavy social media use (e.g., Facebook engagement) is an indicator of potential problems in a marriage, with many respondents in one survey saying that it can serve as a catalyst for cheating. Another notes that, although the national divorce rate has been sliding in recent years, it is actually spiking for baby boomer couples.

And an organization called the National Marriage Project points out that women commence the divorce process far more often than do men. One commentator notes that this might owe to a likelihood that men cheat more often than women do.

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