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Seventy years ago, the Yale sociologist John Ellsworth Jr.
The divorce-proof marriage
Here are the highlights, displayed with Olson's visualizations and used here with his permission:. Honeymoons decrease the chances of divorce by 41 percent. Time Spent Dating Before Proposal. Do the Partner's Wealth or Looks Matter? Went on a Honeymoon?
Annual Household Income. Maybe this is all being thrown by some hidden Kardashian variable that none of us has uncovered yet.
But the other findings, like the fact that expensive rings and ceremonies don't yield happier unions, are more surprising. Be wealthy, but don't be a gold-digger.
Go ahead and take that trip to Bali. Part of the study echoes what we already know about marriage: That it's increasingly for rich people— who make a lot and can afford honeymoons. The Atlantic Crossword. Or maybe couples that have modest rings and receptions feel that their boundless love is a celebration enough. Couples who dated for at least three years before their engagement were 39 percent less likely to get divorced than couples who dated less than a year before getting engaged.
Cost of Wedding. The data scientist Randal Olson recently visualized some of the findings from a paper by Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon, two researchers at Emory University who studied 3, married couples in the U. They analyzed income, religious attendance, how important attractiveness was to each partner, wedding attendance, and other metrics to determine the aspects associated with eventual marital dissolution.
Have a huge wedding, but make sure it's cheap. Dating for a while before tying the knot might indicate a level of planning that suggests the couple is in it for the long haul. Perhaps ill-matched couples use giant diamonds or flashy weddings to cover up the cracks in their emotional foundations.
And whatever you do, don't skip the honeymoon. Size of the Wedding. Religious Attendance.
Their findings offer some take-aways for couples who want to minimize their chances of divorce: You should date for three years before popping the question. A diamond is forever, but an expensive engagement ring means the marriage might not last that long.