Grim Monday mood? Drag out that negativity by reading about a study which says couples who marry after the age of 32 are more likely to divorce. According to research, that 26-year-old couple who you’re all whispering about not making it might just prove you and your mature life decisions mode wrong.
The study is the brainchild of researchers in the University of Utah, and claims there is a perfect window of time for marrying and that if you wait too late or rush up the aisle too early you heighten your risk of not living happily ever after with the legal partner of your choice. While getting married after your early thirties makes a lot of sense in today’s society, the study’s author, Nicholas Wolfinger says data suggests getting married after the age of 32 sees your chances of divorcing increasing by 5% every year, according to a report in the Daily Mail. Meanwhile, the chances of your relationship breaking up if you married earlier is 11% less every year.
This is all very surprising data to sociologists in the know, as trends in the 1990s suggested waiting to wed led to a more stable marriage. Wolfinger doesn’t know why this is happening, but he has identified the best time to get married if you’re worried and wondering. Apparently your mid to late twenties will do nicely for a stab at eternal connubial bliss. Another study from last year though suggests that a short delay in signing the registrar is actually associated with longer marriages. Emory University found that dating for three years before getting engaged increases the probability of a happy and long marriage. In fact, if you were together 3 years before popping the question, you were 39% more likely to stay together than a couple who declared their intentions after 1-2 years of dating.
What do you make of this all? Should the data be heeded? Or are you Team Screw The Stats and think waiting is far more sensible in today’s day and age?
Via The Daily Mail