Dec 6, 2010

News (and commentary) of the day

Social networks to blame for divorce; higher education creates long-term commitments

(CNN) -- Apparently your education influences your decision to make a life-long commitment, or not. 
"The State of our Unions," a report on attitudes towards marriage, says "highly educated" individuals (Americans) are "embracing a pro-marriage mindset," claiming that trends with the poor include fragile and weak marriages. 

So what constitutes as a "highly educated" individual?  Since college is considered the norm these days, is highly educated considered grad school or doctoral education?  In the article, women who have a four-year college degree are deemed "highly educated" while women with some college or only a high school diploma are considered "moderately educated."  Those "moderately educated" women have had higher numbers of single mothers -- 44% in recent years for moderately educated mothers and 54% for the least educated.

Highly educated women are getting married more and staying in the relationship longer than other women, notes the report.  Apparently, we "highly educated" women have the "marriage mindset," which means more faith in marriage and religious attendance.

This may be a valid statistic, but I hate to believe that your faith in marriage depends on how wealthy or educated you are.  Unfortunately, it seems that the more comfortable you are in life, the more faith and importance you put on marriage.  Perhaps this faith also stems from the idea that highly educated women who are dating and marrying highly educated men appear to be on the same level; they aren't beneath their spouse, which makes them an equal; and they aren't above their spouse, which keeps the man from feeling inferior.

(The Globe and Mail) ---  According to reports, apparently the American public has Facebook to blame for one in five divorces.  Cheaters are exposed based on incriminating Facebook chats.

I mean, let's get real here, why are you sharing your Facebook passwords?  And if you're married, why are you having conversations about your affair on Facebook?  I'm not an advocate of infidelity in the slightest, but I happen to think you can grow up and not use social media as a form of seducing your lover. 

I just find it bizarre when people are complete idiots about cheating.  It's an idiotic move to do it in the first place, and even more stupid to keep a paper trail online. 

This also begs the question: what is considered infidelity?  Talking dirty to someone whom isn't your spouse, even if you haven't taken it to the physical level?  I can answer this one quickly: if you feel comfortable saying it in front of your significant other, it's okay; if you'd be embarrassed, disappointed or broken up with if they saw it, you're probably headed towards a disaster.

I wonder how many of those divorces included "highly educated" people.

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