If You Get Married After This Age, You’re More Likely to Get Divorced
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People who thought about getting married later in life so that they were really sure about their partner, I’m sorry to break this to you, but science hates you.
Jezebel reports that University of Utah sociologist Nicholas Wolfinger took data from the National Survey of Family Growth from 2006 to 2010 and concluded that if you get married at the age of 20, you’re 50 percent more likely to get divorced than if you’d married at 25, and each year after 25 that you wait to get married reduces your divorce rate by 11 percent (yay) but also not yay because once you hit 32 (“or so”), the odds that you’ll divorce go up by 5 percent each year.
Wolfinger says this trend seems to be relatively new, since a previous study done with data from 2002 showed that the divorce rate of people who got married after 30 was flattening out instead of dropping, so it looks like the previously held belief that if you wait longer to get married, you’ll have a better marriage might be falling and Wolfinger isn’t sure as to why that is.
He throws out a theory that if you get married after 30 you’ve probably had more complicated relationships with exes (and have had more exes in general), which could make you feel more tempted to cheat, but says that the data he has doesn’t support these theories specifically, so he’s not really sure why it’s happening, which is actually kind of comforting. Yes, the data is there, but at least for now there’s not one glaring reason you can take to bed with you tonight when you dream about all of your plans to marry once you get settled in life ending up with you divorced and sad.
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