Archives for June, 2012

Love & Affection

Leaving Home Sooner or Later: What Does It Mean for Your Relationship with Your Parents Down the Road?

The sooner you leave the parental nest, the farther you fly. Those are the results I told you about last time. A wide-ranging study of nearly 15,000 parents and their grown children, from 15 countries, was just published. The implications of leaving home early or late for geographical closeness are quite clear. But what about other kinds of closeness?

If you think the answer to that question is obvious,...
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Love & Affection

Leaving Home in 15 Countries: How Old Are the Grown Children When They Leave and How Far Do They Go?

There is a lot of angst these days about grown children hanging out in the parental nest for what is considered by some to be “too long” a time. Is the concern justified?

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know me – I love data. A just-published study provides lots of that. In fact, the author (Thomas Leopold) studied nearly 15,000 pairs of...
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General

Who Is Most Likely to Choose More Free Time Over More Money?

Discussions of topics such as “juggling” and “work/life balance” have focused most intently on women who have children and paying jobs. They are the ones who most crave free time, it has been assumed. They would take more free time over more money in a heartbeat.

There is some truth to that assumption. More magazine commissioned a survey of women who had professional employment, at least a college degree, and an income...
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Marriage

Over Time, Are More People Sharing Housing or Are More People Living Alone?

The most recent Census Bureau Report, released just yesterday, described the latest demographic trend. Between 2007 and 2010, the number of American adults who are sharing a home has grown markedly.

You don’t count as sharing a home if you live only with your spouse or cohabiting partner. You don’t even count if the adult in your home with you is enrolled in school, so this trend is not about young adults...
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Love & Affection

Sharing a Bed, Part 3: How Do Couples Differ on Nights When They Sleep Together vs. Apart?

[This is Part 3 of a 4-part series. Click to read Part 1 and Part 2.]

When I read the Wall Street Journal stories about the supposed health benefits of sharing a bed, the study that sounded the most promising, methodologically, was described this way: “The study involved 10 young dating couples who shared a bed at least 10 nights and slept apart 10 nights for the study.”...
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Love & Affection

Is Sharing a Bed Good for Your Health? Part 1

“Sharing a bed is good for your health.” That was the title of a recent blog post in the Wall Street Journal. The longer article, also in the Journal, asked “Who sleeps better at night?” The tease offered an answer: “Men vs. women, couples vs. singles: New studies find benefits in sharing a bed.”

Was the answer accurate?

I never take media reports of social science research at face value. If...
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Love & Affection

As Our Lives Change, Should Gift-Giving Change, Too?

June has arrived, and with it, wedding season. For the newlyweds, whether it is their first marriage or their umpteenth, that means an orgy of presents – often shower gifts as well as wedding presents.

Once upon a time, the tradition of showering the new couple with money or useful things made some sense. People used to marry much younger than they do now, and marriage was more commonplace. Cohabitation was rare; the...
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