Evidently, Marriage Is Bad for Your Health -- Especially If You're a Woman

Over the years, research indicated that marriage is linked to a happy and healthy life, with wedded couples ranked as generally healthier than their single peers. However, a recent study published in the medical journal Social Science Quarterly suggests there may be no positive link at all between health and marriage


Dmitry Tumin, a sociology researcher at Ohio State University, found that health benefits deteriorated over time after he compared married people born between 1955 and 1984. 

"Declining health benefits of marriage may reflect the altered role of marriage in American society," Tumin wrote. "The demographic retreat from marriage and the cultural deinstitutionalization of marriage may be weakening the protective effects of this social institution."

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Which means, basically, women have gained financial independence from partners and opt to exert financial security from sources other than spouses -- like sharing financial burdens with a roommate over a partner.

The study also indicated that marriage has been more stressful for couples than it once was, according to Tumin:

"Against a backdrop of greater demands at home and at work, and less time spent together, today's married couples may indeed experience marriage more as a source of conflict and stress than as a resource that safeguards their health."  

But the truth is, there are a lot of other variable factors to consider. For one, the study only reviewed heterosexual marriages, and marriage rates among people of lower socioeconomic status are declining -- which may skew the results as wealthier people tend to be healthier.

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The point is, if you are single, don't think life's all that bad. After all, your independence may just be saving your life. 

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