Is love dead? Not necessarily, unless you’re in love with a freeloader: The American Sociological Review published a new study that says one of the lead causes of divorce in America is a male spouse who doesn’t have a fulltime job.
The study notes that women with jobs outside the home who tend to do fewer household chores are no more likely to spawn a split than a desperate housewife. However, men are a different story: The study also reports that men without full-time jobs are more likely to face a divorce, and men are also expected, ideally, to do at least some housework … but women still do roughly 70 percent of it. From the looks of it, the sisters who are doin’ it for themselves are sick of scrubs who need us to do it for them.
As for why the divorce rate of about 50 percent is up from the approximate 20 percent in the 1960s? It’s not because we’re unhappier now. It’s because women are much less likely to be financially dependent on a man, so we have more freedom to end marriages and move on to someone better.
Moral of the story? If you want a happy marriage, make sure you’re both pulling your weight, period.