Trendspotting: Marriage Material

Posted on October 19, 2011 by Angie Argabrite

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Relationship Problems

Why a full bank account may bankrupt a happy marriage, and other threats to the once-sacred institution

Attention, single ladies: There appears to be a serious shortage of marriage-worthy men. A number of factors are at play, including women’s growing nonchalance about traditional marriage. Cold hard cash is a likely reason our love affair with wedded bliss is cooling, too: As global employment rates continue to sour, more men remain unemployed and disheartened, and therefore less desirable to potential mates. Even those who do have jobs are too-often under-employed, leaving careers and marriage prospects permanently tarnished. (In the meantime, more women are going to college and graduate school than men.) Money differences are not only preventing the formation of new couplings, they’re also eroding the relationships of already-married couples. A new study determined that married couples who said they highly value “having money and lots of things” have a poorer relationship quality overall. Do riches automatically spell matrimonial disaster? Not when coupled with expressions of gratitude, which can offer better health, a longer life and a happy marriage. Its sanctity has been a hot topic for years now, but a Pew Research Center poll indicates that the sustainability of marriage might be just as pressing. Some 39 percent of Americans said they think marriage is becoming obsolete. Faced with the stark reality, do we think marriage will stick around? We do.

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