Awhile back we met a guy who told us the only reason men care so much about making money is so they can score a hot wife. Screw all those flowery ideals and insurmountable career ambitions—men are simple, he said. Simple and lazy. If our bank accounts and impressive job titles didn't net us women, there would be no need for them. We can easily live off ramen noodles and watch ESPN all day. Men Are Riskiest When Looking For Sex
Of course, we didn't like this rationale and wrote off said man as a shallow nincompoop. Yet this morning, we stumbled across a study that made us think he may in fact be a shallow, honest, nincompoop. He Said, She Said: Is Your Man Romantic Enough?
In the study titled "Marriage and Career: The Dynamic Decisions of Young Men" from Journal of Human Capital, researchers set out to find the correlation between young men and how they view their careers in terms of marriage. While we've often thought hot-shot lawyers and CEO's dream of their high-powered jobs as children and get off on making their mark in the world, the results from this study beg to differ.
Although schooling and career decisions often are made before getting married, these decisions are likely to affect the future chances of receiving a marriage offer, the type of offer, and the probability of getting divorced. Therefore, I estimate a forward-looking model of the marriage and career decisions of young men between the ages of 16 and 39. The results show that if there were no returns to career choices in the marriage market, men would tend to work less, study less, and choose blue-collar jobs over white-collar jobs. These findings suggest that the existing literature underestimates the true returns to human capital investments by ignoring their returns in the marriage market.
You know, the same arguments could be made for us women and our tiresome body issues. The thought of sticking implants in our chest would seem cruel and unusual without men, and would we ever agonize over the state of our thighs? Don't think so. Oh, if only procreation weren't so much torture. Sex Brain Chip Being Developed