Women Are More Likely to Pull the Plug on Their Marriage Than Men

unhappy wifeWhen it comes to calling it quits on a relationship, women and men are usually on pretty equal ground. But researchers from Stanford University have found that marriage is a totally different ball game. When it comes to throwing in the towel on "'til death do us part," it's us women who are more likely to ask for a divorce, according to a new study.


In the U.S., Europe, and Australia, more women than men are likely to call the shots.

And by "calling the shots," we mean ending it. Walking out. Saying sayonara. Consciously uncoupling. Throwing his clothes into the street. You get the pic.

Scientists looked at marital data from a survey of 2,262 couples taken between 2009 and 20015. Of the 371 marriages that ended during that time, 69 percent of the divorces were initiated by women.

The question that still needs to be answered, though, is ... why?

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Scientists aren't totally sure. Affairs of the heart are, alas, harder to comprehend than numbers on a page. The closest explanation is that women reached a point where they found marriage "constraining, oppressive, uncomfortable, and controlling."

In other words, they were like, "You know what? My life would be SO much simpler/better/relaxing if I were alone."

Still, what would likely be MORE helpful to married women is if scientists would survey the women who divorced and actually ask them, "Did you make the right choice? Are you happier now?"

Sometimes, when things aren't going well, it can be easier to fantasize about switching things up. Not just marriage, but moving to a different home, taking another job, drastically cutting your hair.

But how often do things get better vs. just different? Those are the study results we really want to see.

Who knows? Maybe having that info would save a marriage, rather than end one.


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