- The sanctity of marriage has long been held in high regard as an element crucial to the very fabric of society.But according to researchers who compared the pros and cons of wedlock and cohabitation, marriage may be overrated.The idea that marriage has health and happiness advantages over living together is largely a myth, it is claimed.The sample included 2,737 single men and women, 896 of whom married or moved in with a partner over the course of six years.
- Lead author Dr Kelly Musick, from the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University in New York, said: ‘Marriage has long been an important social institution, but in recent decades western societies have experienced increases in cohabitation, before or instead of marriage, and increases in children born outside of marriage.
- ‘These changes have blurred the boundaries of marriage, leading to questions about what difference marriage makes in comparison to alternatives.’We found that differences between marriage and cohabitation tend to be small and dissipate after a honeymoon period.’Also, while married couples experienced health gains – likely linked to the formal benefits of marriage such as shared healthcare plans – cohabiting couples experienced greater gains in happiness and self-esteem.For some, cohabitation may come with fewer unwanted obligations than marriage and allow for more flexibility, autonomy, and personal growth.’
How sad!!! How many articles do I come across EVERY DAY that are blatantly out there to destroy the institution of marriage! All written by so called ‘experts’!