In the past, research showed marriage was linked to “a longer life span, fewer heart attacks, and strokes, and a lower risk of depression.” So it’s no wonder everyone felt they had to get hitched. But new research actually shows that link between being married and good health doesn’t exist anymore.
Study author Dmitry Tumin says this new information “may reflect demographic and cultural trends that have undermined the protective effects of marriage. So because women can earn their own money these days, they don’t get the same financial benefits from being a Mrs. that they once did.
Tumin also says that while single life is better for women than it used to be, marriage can also be more stressful than it used to be. “Work-family conflict has increased in the closing decades of the 20th century and spouses’ actual time spent together has decreased,” he explains. So all the demands of being married as well as actually spending less time together takes its toll on a couple.
But most of us haven’t been tying the knot just for our health anyway. We did it for love and that’s not going to change. And we don’t need a study to tell us that.
Source: The Zoe Report