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Published: Friday, July 25 2014 12:15 p.m. MDT

Updated: Saturday, July 26 2014 8:12 a.m. MDT

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SLC guy
Salt Lake City, UT

"If you are or were married, has your marriage definitely resulted in more wealth and income?" Yes, My wife and I made it through bachelors programs by working part time and sharing household expenses. Later she supported me through my masters program by working as a nurse. All our education was debt free! Now I have a good job as an engineer and am able to support her and our children. Yes marriage and family did force me to grow up and work hard. Yes it absolutely resulted in more wealth and income.

Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

A rather interesting article to be reprinted by the DN. This article is almost, dare I say, anti-marriage. As an unmarried man with a salaried job, allow me to say that I have my job in part due to the fact that I am NOT married. I had much more freedom in obtaining education and seeking employment. I did not set out with a direct purpose of avoiding marriage, but marriage avoided me. Marriages do not like graduate degrees. Marriages do not like husbands that work until midnight. I know that this may ruffle feathers of some, but marriage is not the panacea to the ills of the world. I am pro marriage; it needs to be done in the right time and way, though. I am infinitely grateful for the things I have been able to do as an unmarried person. Many of them have prepared me to be a better husband and father.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

It's kids that trash your income. Not your spouse.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Commitment. When that enters into your life every thing changes.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

Married people, on the average, are better off in many ways--health, happiness and, yes, financially. Life is full of challenges, but we receive blessings when we follow God's plan.

erwad
whoville, UT

Well done D News for posting an thoughtful, objective and mature look at this discussion. Typically this paper sometimes publishes confirmation bias type articles to the which the author himself refers is a natural tendency to do. It takes a mature and intelligent source to look at the facts, passionlessly and take conclusions from the realities, whether they support your belief systems or not. Again well done.

RBB
Sandy, UT

Causation and correlation are often difficult prove. It may be that married people are better off financially simply because those who get married are simply more likely to act responsibly in all areas of life. While raising kids can be expensive, so can going out to eat with your friends and hanging out at night clubs. Married couples are more invested in the success of the unit than trying to go their own way. Additionally, my experience has been that married men are more focused once they have someone they feel responsible for. I have seen many millenials who are bright but simply lack the drive to, in the words of Dave Ramsey - kill it and drag it home. Once they get married, however, they suddenly get focus and start acting like men.

Crisco B
Salt Lake City, UT

It is odd that we seem to think that a man must fall into one of two extremes. He either is married and responsible or he is single and a pathetic loser with no drive. I know many single men who consistently are better employees than their married counterparts; I know single men who academically were 5 times more driven than the married men. And I know single men who put in long days of work, just like everyone else. Having that ring on your finger can change you for the better. But understand that there actually are single men who are not complete wastes of skin. And they get it done despite the anti single attitudes of some in society.

brian of ohio
Kent, OH

This article deserves to be in the opinion section as it is just a bunch of reasoned opinions. Anyway, Love cats response. God prospers those who follow his commandments and marriage between a man and women is one of those. So is raising a family. I feel like my wife's job is 100% from God even when we were not even looking for it. It just dropped into our lap right when we lost some additional income. Now our total income is more than it was before.
Also, I agree that single people tend to do more expensive things like party, eat out, and go on trips. A family typically learns to sacrifice so that even though they have more obligations, they use that money wiser. This means when a family starts making more money, they don't spend a ton of more money at the same time.(NOT always, but I see that with my unmarried friends vs married.)

RedWings
CLEARFIELD, UT

Hutterite -

Kids may use up money, but they are more than worth it!!!! Money is really not that important....

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