Bad Economy, Less Divorce

Posted March 4, 2011 by

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I heard a good stat on NPR yesterday that all of you in the online dating community might be interested in: when the economy goes to shit, more people stay married. They can’t afford to separate. They can’t afford the lawyer and they certainly can’t afford to start taking out new online women and so on and so forth. Sex dating is outers when the money troubles come.

Here are the real live statistics to back it all up: between 2006 and 2009, the divorce rate fell roughly seven percent. You could be a romantic fool and say it’s because tough times pull people together, make ‘em work as a team. But we all know that’s not true. What’s true is that people can’t afford a lawyer. They’re stuck together out of necessity. How brutal. They hate each other and they’re poor.

It’s fascinating, isn’t it? That money has the power to keep two people together and miserable, that we are willing to set aside our emotional needs in favor of our financial needs. It makes sense. Imagine having to deal with the distress of a divorce while struggling financially. The ability to help you put food on the table probably makes your spouse look much more appealing. And if kids are involved, well then forget it. (Well, unless you and your spouse are fighting so much that the emotional damage would be greater than the damage bad finances could bring.) It all depends, doesn’t it? Each situation is different. Sometimes you just need out no matter what.


What’s the moral of this story?Don’t get married. Ever.

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Paul Abbey
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Paul Abbey has a Masters Degree in Sexual Health from the University of Sydney in Australia. He has authored several self-help novels and has been a guest speaker in four Continents and many different cities from around the world. At, Abbey is the leading authority in human sexuality and he strives to help shape the dating community into a more relevant and understanding place for both men and women.