It's no secret that marriage traditions are changing.
People are getting married later in life, spending more money on weddings, and, according to a new study, they're spending more time getting to know each other before tying the knot.
After that, levels of a chemical called "nerve growth factor," which is associated with intense romantic feelings, start to fall. A 2014 National Bureau of Economic Research study found that marriage does indeed lead to increased well-being, mainly thanks to friendship.
Alas, most of the time, it doesn’t, according to this study by Randy Olson, which looks at certain factors in how long marriages last: The charts on the linked page talk about correlation, not causation, which is an important distinction.
In other words, spending a ton of money on your wedding will not CAUSE you to break up, but it happens to correlate with higher divorce rates. People with more education are more likely to get married, to use birth control, to delay marriage, to come from functional families, and to make more money.
Today's bride and groom are eight years older than the average couple who got married in 1971.
Just 46 years ago, brides were around 22.6 years old, and now they're 30.8.
I mean, you adore them — but they constantly leave hair in the shower.