Marriage Fares Well As A Minority Institution

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From the Kitsap Sun
By David Yount

Just as we are recovering from the news that the majority of American adults are now single, researchers from Penn State University describe what life is like for those still married.

Ironically, marriage fares better as a minority institution than it did when most Americans were wed. According to Paul R. Amato and his colleagues, that's because "individuals with the poorest marital quality tend to leave the married population relatively quickly," leaving the good marriages still going.

Wedded couples are increasingly supportive of lifelong commitment and more critical of divorce. Between 1980 and 2000 "the percentage of people who were 'very happy' with their spouse increased from 42 to 49, and the percentage of people who described their feelings of love for their spouse as 'extremely strong' increased from 50 to 56."

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Tango’s Take
The news on the ‘state of the American marriage’ has been dismal for so long, that a breath of fresh air was necessary. There are a couple reasons why these numbers look so good. First, are a large percentage of the complainers, dissenters and quitters getting divorced and missing eligibility for a study? And secondly, are these content couples ruining setting an unrealistic curve for eternal bliss? So anyone just slogging along matrimonially is suddenly daunted. To say nothing of those still active in the hunt. In the immortal words of songster Joe Johnson, “Happy loving couples make it look so easy. Happy loving couples always talk so kind. Until the time that I can do my dancing with a partner. Those happy couples ain’t no friends of mine.”

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