Συμβίωση Vs Γάμος
Σύγκριση βασισμένα σε ερευνητικά στοιχεία:
- Married partners tend to enhance their productivity by developing specialized skills; cohabiting partners more often do everything for themselves (being less sure of their partner’s sticking around). This helps account for the ‘‘marriage premium’’—men’s greater earnings if married. (The selection of higher-earning men into marriage accounts for only about half the marriage premium.)
- Family members and friends are more likely to invest themselves in getting to know one’s married than one’s cohabiting partner, and to include the partner in activities, holidays, and ﬁnancial support.
- After marrying, people often become more religiously active (especiallywhen they have children). When cohabiting, religious involvement typically declines.
- Married dads carry weight with their children and school oﬃcials—and have legal obligations to those children—that ‘‘Mom’s boyfriends’’ do not.
- Cohabiting couples share a sex life that is at least as active as that of mar-ried couples their age, but they are less likely to report that their sex is physically or emotionally satisfying. Cohabiting partners are also, depending on the survey, two to ﬁve times more likely to acknowledge not being sexually faithful to their partner.
- Cohabiting people are unhappier and more vulnerable to depression an effect partly attributed to cohabitation’s insecurity.
- Married partners often support each other and share property; cohabitants usually fend for themselves. This puts cohabiting women, especially women with children, at a ﬁnancial disadvantage compared with men and married women. Although cohabiting women seldom share their partner’s earnings, they still do more than half the housework.
από το βιβλίο του Ψυχολόγου David Myers “The American Paradox. Spiritual hunger in the age of plenty”