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June 04, 2013

Surprise: Married Men, Women Pretty Much Equally Happy

Three charts from an article about "marriage myths":

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Key quote:

Thus, in average families across the nation, married men and married women work roughly the same total hours for their families, judge their marriages to be fair, and enjoy happy marriages.

How utterly depressing. The pundits and the grievance peddlers had best gin up some hate and discontent. This can't be good for business.

Posted by Cassandra at June 4, 2013 07:43 AM

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So married men actually put in more total hours worked, but are still more likely to consider things fair and be satisfied?


But, but, but... THE NARRATIVE!!!!

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at June 4, 2013 11:53 AM

Exactly :p

Posted by: Cass at June 4, 2013 12:00 PM

File this under 'blindingly obvious.'

This kind of survey has an inherent bias in favor of both men & women being happy, as they only surveyed those that are still married. The sample excludes those that had already chosen to dissolve the union, presumably because one or both parties were manifestly dissatisfied.

Best Regards,

Posted by: CAPT Mike at June 4, 2013 09:25 PM

Mike,
That's a good point as far as it goes. If you were trying to compare happiness between married and unmarried, that would be a fatal flaw.

But since the study is never claims to make comparisons between married versus divorced couples the bias is in the same direction for both men and women. The analogy would be to a survey of conservatives about conservatives and then mentioning that the survey is biased because it doesn't include liberals. If one were to ever to generalize that study to liberals and/or make comparisons against liberals that would be a mistake. But as long as you stay within the population you studied, you are fine.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at June 5, 2013 09:35 AM

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