Marriage by the Numbers
Oprah.com | From the June 2007 issue of
O, The Oprah Magazine
The number of Americans who describe their marriage as "very happy" dropped by almost 10 percent over the past 33 years.
The number of therapists in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) jumped from 237 in 1960 to 24,000 in 2007.
What Marge Simpson could have told you but scientists went ahead and proved anyway:
The further down the totem pole a man is at his job, the less likely he is to help out around the house.
No permission required:
The average age of consent to marry without parental permission in the United States is 18. In New Hampshire, girls as young as 13 can marry (with their parents' permission).
Hoping to click:
About 23 million of us use a computer to find a soul mate.
In 2003, the Ashley Madison Agency, a website for married people looking to have an affair, had 50,000 members; in 2007, it has more than 1.2 million.
The bad news:
The New York Times
recently reported that we're a nation of singles—51 percent of American women live without a spouse!
The good news:
It's not true. The figure included females ages 15 to 17, most of whom still live with their parents and are too young to legally marry anyway. Whew.
The "eh" news:
The actual number is about 48 percent—still high, but not a sign that the institution of marriage is dead.
Printed from Oprah.com on Thursday, May 23, 2013
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