Married People Are No Longer Healthier Than Singles Claims New Study

Marriage has long been linked to a longer life span, fewer heart attacks, and a lower risk of depression. However a new study published this month in the journal Social Science Quarterly suggests that our married friends might not be healthier than us singletons anymore.

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The study was written by Dmitry Tumin, a sociology researcher at Ohio State University, who compared married people born between 1955 and 1984, and found that while older, wedded generations did experience overall better health than their single pals, this side effect has worsened over time.

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According to Tumin’s findings, married people – women primarily – were only healthier than single people if their relationship lasted ten years or more, which was described as being ‘completely attenuated among women in the youngest birth cohort’.

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The youngest married cohort also failed to show any improved health benefits compared to their never-married contemporaries.

However, while Tumin’s research suggests the tides are turning when it comes to the relationship between health and marriage, it doesn’t exactly explain the reason behind the shift.

The scientists admits that as his research is based on self-reported health information, it doesn’t help us learn about the specific aspects of health which are improving or worsening after marriage, and ‘may reflect demographic and cultural trends that have undermined the protective effects of marriage’.

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After all, the average age for women to get married in the UK is now 30.8 years old (up just over eight years from 1971), while the average age for grooms to tie the knot comes in at 32.7 years old, compared to 24.6 back in the day, according to Bridebook.

There’s also less of a cultural taboo regarding non-wedded couples, and a shift when it comes to women traditionally viewing marriage as a means of acquiring social and economic support (remember, this was long…

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