Marriage promotes longevity, study finds

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  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Nov. 12, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    captain Kirk - Nobody is asking you to accept it as beig "right", but allowing it to be legal. Drinking alcohol is wrong to some, but it is still LEGAL to do by those who choose to do so. Having intimate relationships with those of another sex can be viewed as not right, but that is still legal to do. So why people want to force what they think is right on others is beyond me. You don't have to think it is right, but it should still be legal. They should have the freedom to choose just as you do. Don't get me wrong, I don't think it is right either, but hey its not my choice or my life so I don't care if they do it or not.

  • Captain Kirk Lehi, UT
    Nov. 11, 2012 7:58 a.m.

    How about the 80+ societies that JD Unwin studied?
    I have lived in France and my opinion is that yes they are struggling.
    Do you really think the downfall happens overnight?
    It doesn't necessarily mean the country stops existing. The social energy to build and produce wains.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 10, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    per non believer...

    You reminded me of that old joke; Why do men die first? Because, they want to.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 9, 2012 11:23 p.m.

    The downfall of those societies?

    Canada, France, Spain.

    Waiting for that downfall.

    Claiming something, does not make it true.

  • Captain Kirk Lehi, UT
    Nov. 9, 2012 11:11 a.m.


    Just being popular does not make something right.
    History shows that most societies do end up accepting homosexuality and sexual freedom of all sorts. But this precedes the downfall of those societies.

    I don't think that puts us on the right side of history.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 9, 2012 6:13 a.m.

    Gallup Poll: Majority of Americans support gay marriage By Elizabeth Stuart DSNews 05 20 2011

    For the first time since Gallup started studying the issue in 1996, the polling organization found a majority of Americans favor legalizing same-sex marriage.

    Choose the right side of history.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 9:51 p.m.

    The article does seem to suggest that it is HAPPY marriages that lead to better health, longevity etc. We need to talk more about happy marriages, to find out how many marriages are happy and why. In other words, it might be helpful to discover what are the elements of a happy marriage and to get very specific, and un-pc about that.

    Unhappy marriages, those that end in divorce, would not be counted in the statistics upon which such articles as this one rely, I'm thinking. This would discount an awful lot of awful marriages. Conclusion: happy people live longer than miserable ones?

    I think we are right to compare "common law" marriages with legal ones, and casual relationships with committed ones, but I would love to see a good, objective, comparison between happy and unhappy marriages. I suspect that men married to "entitled", sexist women are often miserable, and vice versa. Spendthrift partners bog you down with debt and financial insecurity, hypercritical partners drag you down emotionally, etc etc etc. Yet "who can find a virtuous woman?". Truly her price is above rubies.

  • non believer PARK CITY, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 12:48 p.m.

    With some marriages, you just wish you were dead!

  • Captain Kirk Lehi, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 12:22 p.m.


    Is it not likely that the lack of good men is a direct result of the "sexual revolution" and the attack on marriage and family that has been going on for several decades?

    Men are not expected to be men anymore. Today's men are raised outside of marriage, Today's men get the milk for free and are not expected to make a lifelong commitment to a woman before having sex and children with her.

    In welfare culture, today's men are not even expected to provide for and raise children.
    Women refuse to marry so they can get welfare.
    The government subsidizes this behavior with a check.
    Women have children with several different men so that they can get bigger welfare checks.
    I personally know some who have done this. It happens.

    Did we think that when we destroyed marriage and morality that there would not be consequences to society? Did we really think that life would get better when we removed the shackles of old fashioned values?
    More likely nobody is thinking at all. They just want to be free to do what they want.

  • Captain Kirk Lehi, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 12:02 p.m.

    It is disturbing how so many want to revile and change marriage because it doesn't fit with the lifestyle they want to live.

    @spring street
    What science are you talking about?

    J.D. Unwin, an Oxford sociologist, probably made the best study of this and published a book called "Sex and Culture". He studied the history of over 80 cultures and found a direct link between cultural advancement and the strict regulation of sexuality. Cultures that only allowed sex in marriage advanced. Cultures that promoted sexual freedom stopped advancing and fell apart. He was surprised and dismayed by the results because he was not a religious man.
    Pitirim Sorokin (Father of sociology at Harvard) built on Unwin's work with his social cycle theory. His work also suggests that we are in a decline because we are obsessed with sexuality and materialism.

    Of course, While never disproved ... most want to ignore this work and common sense.

    It seems like so much "science" today can't see the forest for the trees because people are obsessed with proving their "modern" lifstyles to be good. They look at outcomes that are too narrow and subjective only to forget the big picture.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 2, 2012 10:09 a.m.

    if you look at at the science (which is not hate by the way) it is actually very easy to argue against.

  • CottageCheese SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 2, 2012 9:19 a.m.

    Haters will hate. Detractors will detract.

    Marriage between a man and a woman is still the most fundamental and important relationship on this earth. The success of society relies heavily upon the upholding and success of marriage and families.

    Any correlation between the steep decline in morality, civility and prosperity and the attack upon the family and the institution of marriage? Its hard to argue against.

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Nov. 2, 2012 8:27 a.m.

    "Either poorly written or poorly stated, doesn't everyone die?"

    I was about to say the same thing. Makes it sound like marriage allows 80% of men to be immortal. Quick, someone find me a bride, I want to live forever!

    This news story is very light on details about this new research study; it would be nice if the reporter clearly & accurately reported the results and what the study authors believe is the cause of the increased longevity.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Nov. 2, 2012 7:57 a.m.

    All good reasons to allow same-sex couples to marry; unless, of course, you WANT them to die younger as they can only cohabitate and continue to not be able to marry.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 2, 2012 6:33 a.m.

    "They found that the rate of mortality among men in cohabitating relationships dropped by 80 percent, while the rate dropped 59 percent for women".


    Either poorly written or poorly stated, doesn't everyone die?

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 2, 2012 6:31 a.m.

    Is this something that government considers a problem that creates too many elderly people on entitlements? It is something they will target to put a stop to.

    What keeps people alive and active is caring for a mate and doing for each other. The deadliest sin is inactivity and complacency in a relationship that allows muscle degradation and deterioration that affects the heart muscle as well. But genetics and lifestyle is always a factor of longevity, if you reach the age of 70, it seems to be the beginning of the end of days for most and can change just as fast as conception to age of accounting, eight.

    Single people living together are self aware of the at risk living conditions so they are always staying alert and actively engaged in protecting their possessions and financial investments is a stress factor that acts like a tread mill and everyone keeps a high heart rate without even realize it. This activity helps keep body functions and minds more alert allowing them to live longer.

  • BlueEyesFr Paris, 00
    Nov. 2, 2012 2:51 a.m.

    Why you thing that living in an abusive marriarge or in a marriage where you are not safe because of your spouse's irresponsible, cheating or unparticipating behaviour is a factor for longevity ??

    There are not many angels around .... reason why women either dont marry and prefer to be single or just dont want a final commitment, because when things go wrong it takes less time to get out of a dangerous or unhappy situation.

    If men were all angels, all women would be married and have a family...... funny when i talk to women of all walks, races and backgrounds ..... less and less trust men and would commit to marry because they know how uncertain, unreliable and risky it all is