The quick takeaways for me are:
- Marriage has changed: we expect more out of the marriage and our mates than previous generations
- Marriage takes time: those able to spend more time on their marriage get more out of it, those who spend less get less enjoyment or end up divorced
- Marriage is unequal: those with more resources (i.e. rich) are more likely to stay together than those with less resources (i.e. poor).
The resulting inequality marriage success rates reflect the broader inequality in our society. The rich get richer (and stay married) while the poor get poorer (and get divorced).
What ways can we better support our marriages? How can our livelihoods (i.e. jobs) support our spouses? Will companies recognize that a healthy marriage makes for better (i.e. more productive) employees?
Marriage is hard work. It is not all that is cracked up to be. And yet don't those who choose to get married be given every opportunity and support to succeed?
I think so.