I have always been single, but until the late 90s, I never studied single life from the perspective of a social scientist. When I saw headlines proclaiming that if only you would get married, your life would be so much better, I had no reason to doubt them – even though I loved my single life (except for all of the singlism).
Then I started doing research on the topic, and reading the relevant articles in the scientific journals. I was shocked to discover that many of the media declarations about the transformative power of marriage were grossly exaggerated or just plain false. Now I like to collect misleading headlines, critique them, and make fun of them.
On the topic of whether getting married will make you less depressed, my “favorite” headline was on MSNBC, and it was their proposed treatment for depression. Their exact claim was, “New treatment for depression – marriage.”