Past Relationships May Lower Marital Quality

August 22, 2014 3 Comments
Past Relationships May Lower Marital Quality

I’ll be away for a much needed vacation the the fam next week. Regular posting will resume after Labor Day. Enjoy these last days of summer! The National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia has just issued Before I Do, a report on how premarital experiences influence marital quality later. It reveals some interesting findings about […]

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Your Future Spouse Is In Your Social Network

August 19, 2014 2 Comments
Your Future Spouse Is In Your Social Network

In their book Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How they Shape Our Lives, Christakis and Fowler share this impressive statistic: “Our social networks function quite efficiently as matchmaker, even when we insist we are acting out our own private destiny.” If you know 20 people, and each of them knows 20 people, […]

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Why Egalitarian Marriages Are More Sexual

August 15, 2014 1 Comment
Why Egalitarian Marriages Are More Sexual

You may recall the 2012 study Egalitarianism, Housework and Sexual Frequency. It found that the married couples with the best sex lives were those who followed traditional gender roles around the house: Female Chores: Cooking Washing dishes Cleaning the house Shopping Washing and ironing Male Chores: Outdoor work Paying bills Auto maintenance Driving (Driving? Since when […]

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When Should You Quit a Relationship?

August 14, 2014 1 Comment
When Should You Quit a Relationship?

In their new book Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain, Levitt and Dubner bring their unconventional economic analysis to bear on some interesting problems. One of them is the question of when to throw in the towel on your relationship. In the chapter The Upside of Quitting, they argue that quitting […]

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Should You Begin a Relationship That Has an Expiration Date?

August 12, 2014 1 Comment
Should You Begin a Relationship That Has an Expiration Date?

Young Americans are more mobile than ever before – many go far away from home to attend school, pursue career advancement, or even just to try living in a new place. With the average age of marriage over 27 for women and increasing, dating as a 20-something has become a complex minefield of challenges around timing and […]

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