Another guest post by Dana
After last week's
I was reading [THIS] article titled 15 Ways to Predict Divorce. I'm a big fan of statistics ... and George Burgy's definition of statistics:
That said, if you look at statistics as an indicator rather than as fact, there is usually at least some value in the data. So what are the some of the indicators your marriage will end in divorce?
2. If you live in a red state, you're 27 percent more likely to get divorced than if you live in a blue state.
I'm just a "red" person living in a blue state. Wonder what that means for me??
3. If you argue with your spouse about finances once a week, your marriage is 30 percent more likely to end in divorce than if you argue with your spouse about finances less frequently.
Keep those arguments about the bank account to two or less per week!
4. If your parents were divorced, you're at least 40 percent more likely to get divorced than if they weren't. If your parents married others after divorcing, you're 91 percent more likely to get divorced.
This statistic surprised me - really surprised me.
5. If only one partner in your marriage is a smoker, you're 75 percent to 91 percent more likely to divorce than smokers who are married to fellow smokers.
I'd guess this is true of any bad habit/behavior. Remember, sharing bad habits/behaviors leads to successful marriages!
6. If you have a daughter, you're nearly 5 percent more likely to divorce than if you have a son.
7. If you're an evangelical Christian adult who has been married, there's a 26 percent likelihood that you've been divorced—compared to a 28 percent chance for Catholics and a 38 percent chance for non-Christians.
Of course they don't mention that 67 percent of those evangelical Christian marriages are miserable ...
8. If you live in Wayne County, Indiana, and are over 15 years old, there's a 19.2 percent chance that you've been divorced.
Apparently Wayne County Indiana has the highest divorce rate of any county in the country. Who knew?
9. If both you and your partner have had previous marriages, you're 90 percent more likely to get divorced than if this had been the first marriage for both of you.
The article indicates this number is skewed by what they call "serial marriers." I think this number likely has more to do with the fact that second (or third or fourth) marriages often require there be relationships with ex's and "shared" children.
10. If you're a woman two or more years older than your husband, your marriage is 53 percent more likely to end in divorce than if he was one year younger to three years older.
If you are going to be a cougar, just use him as a play-toy!
11. If you're of "below average" intelligence, you're 50 percent more likely to be divorced than those of "above average" intelligence.
According to Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray's controversial 1994 bestseller The Bell Curve, those with IQs of 100 face a 28 percent probability of divorce in the first five years of marriage, compared to just a 9 percent probability for those with IQs of 130.
12. If you've been diagnosed with cervical cancer, your likelihood of getting divorced is 40 percent higher than standard rates; it's 20 percent higher if you've been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
13. If you have twins or triplets, your marriage is 17 percent more likely to end in divorce than if your children are not multiple births.
I'm actually surprised this percentage isn't higher.
14. If you're a female serial cohabiter—a woman who has lived with more than one partner before your first marriage—then you're 40 percent more likely to get divorced than women who have never done so.
Serial cohabiter ... *gigglesnort*
15. If you're in a male same-sex marriage, it's 50 percent more likely to end in divorce than a heterosexual marriage. If you're in a female same-sex marriage, this figure soars to 167 percent.
Makes me wonder why divorce attorneys haven't spearheaded legislation to make same-sex marriages legal all across the country!
If those numbers weren't depressing enough, feel free to tempt fate further by visiting economist Betsey Stevenson's Divorce Calculator. It allows you to input personal demographic information to determine the probable
I'm thinking 87 percent of people who share the results of the Divorce Calculator with their spouse will likely find themselves in divorce court!