The All-or-Nothing Marriage

The All-or-Nothing Marriage

“Our central claim is that Americans today have elevated their expectations of marriage and can in fact achieve an unprecedentedly high level of marital quality — but only if they are able to invest a great deal of time and energy in their partnership. If they are not able to do so, their marriage will likely fall short of these new expectations. Indeed, it will fall further short of people’s expectations than at any time in the past.

Marriage, then, has increasingly become an ‘all or nothing’ proposition. This conclusion not only challenges the conventional opposition between marital decline and marital resilience; but it also has implications for policy makers looking to bolster the institution of marriage — and for individual Americans seeking to strengthen their own relationships.”

Fascinating breakdown on the history of our expectations of marriage, and what having a good marriage looks like today. The biggest indicator of whether a marriage will be successful? How much one on one time the couple spends together.

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