Monday, June 29, 2009

Good News from All the Bad News

posted by Michele Olson

Wow…we are on news overload lately! Passing of famous people we all knew and the passing of some marriages we thought we could trust. You might feel like it’s happening all at once, and that can lead to some feelings of despair and depression.

Be encouraged! There is lemonade out of all these lemons!

All this talk about marriage gets us talking and thinking about marriage. That is a good thing.

In a June 26, 2009 New York Times article title Marriage Stands Up for Itself, written by Benedict Carey and Tara Parker-Pope they point out that despite all the things working against marriage, the marriage bond is stronger right now than many people assume.
It’s a very good article I highly recommend you read. Look at the comment on the 50% divorce rate:

For instance, one of the most commonly cited statistics about marriage is that half of marriages end in divorce. But that number reflects the expected lifetime divorce rate of people married in the 1970s.

The story is different for more-recently married couples. A comparison of 10-year divorce rates among college-educated men married in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s shows that divorce is becoming less common, said Dr. Stevenson, the Wharton researcher. Among men who married in the 1970s, for example, about 23 percent had divorced by the 10th year of marriage. Among similar men married in the 1980s, about 20 percent had divorced by the 10th year. Men married in the 1990s are doing even better — with a 10-year divorce rate of 16 percent.

Good news huh? What do you think about the article? What do you think about the state of marriage this day?

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M. Denise Wilmer Barreto said...

Thanks for sharing that article.

I liked it a lot and I agree that the good news of the 21st Century marriage is not being reported. said...

Thanks for the comment, it always helps to find the silver lining in the clouds!
Keep blogging!