9 ways marriage isn't the same for men and women
Men and women don't exactly think alike when it comes to marriage.
New studies and reports have shown how women and men have differing opinions before they get married and also when they have already tied the knot. From when to get married to the benefits of the institution, the two genders aren't always on the same page.
Following are nine ways men and women differ when it comes to marriage.
More older men are getting married than older women
The Office of National Statistics in the United Kingdom found in June that 25 percent of men aged 65 to 69 are getting married, while 21 percent of women of the same age are getting married, The Express reported.
This age group had the largest increase in married couples among both sexes, too, The Express reported.
"It’s interesting that the largest percentage increase in the number of marriages was for older couples, also that the trend for marrying later in life continues to go up,” said Marilyn Stowe from Stowe Family Law to The Express. “The cost of living means that couples need to save for longer and therefore as the country emerges out of recession I would expect the total number of marriages will increase again next year.”
More women find it normal to not be married
New York Magazine published a chart that looked at how many women and men are married by the time they’re 30 years old. The chart asked "how normal is it" for each sex if they’re not married by ages 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40.
For women, the normality of not being married by age 40 is at 84 percent, while for men it’s at 78 percent. At 35, it’s 78 percent normal for women not to be married and 71 percent for men. Women also lead men for normality of not being married by ages 30, 25 and 20, the chart showed.
Men are more reluctant to get married
Lois Collins of Deseret News National wrote in mid-May that men are more reluctant to get married overall, despite the benefits. Collins quoted a Family Studies article written by Scott M. Stanley, who went deeper into the subject.
Stanley wrote that men can benefit more in terms of being happier and earning more money. They can even benefit from marriages that aren’t all too strong from a behavioral standpoint, Stanley wrote.
"I believe that men resist marriage more than women primarily because they believe marriage requires a substantial increase in their behavioral commitment — and they don’t always feel ready for that transition," he wrote.
Women are more likely to avoid marriage because of student debt
In a study released Friday, Demographic Research found that women are more likely than men to sidestep marriage when their student debt level is high.
“Specifically, an increase of $1,000 in student loan debt is associated with a reduction in the odds of first marriage by 2 percent a month among female bachelor degree recipients during the first four years after college graduation,” according to the study.
So basically, student debt only causes women to avoid marriage at first. But eventually things equal out between men and women, the study found.
Marriage is healthier for men
Cohabitating men don't get the health benefits that married men do, according to new research reported on by Gannett.
In fact, a new study by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics found that being married can help you be healthier, as you have a deeper connection with someone. Linda Waite, a professor at the University of Chicago, told Gannett that people are more likely to take care of themselves.
“(P)eople take better care of their own health because it’s important to their partner,” Waite said to Gannett.
“Guys, a loving spouse may save your life, U.S. health officials say. But living with a significant other doesn’t appear to confer the same health benefits as marriage,” Randy Dotinga of Gannett reported. “Single and married men are more likely to see a doctor regularly than those living with a partner out of wedlock.”
Women, it seems, are less dependent on men to be healthy, though. The research found women will help their husbands make doctors appointments and call in prescriptions, according to Gannett. But they take care of their own health more or rely on other support systems.
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