Y'all are a bunch of wankers!

Be Happy: Marry between 23 and 27

If there is an ideal age to marry, this is it. People who marry between 23 and 27 years old have the best odds for a long and happy union, according to a new survey by the University of Texas for the National Fatherhood Initiative.

So if you're older than 27, should you panic and just forget about a long and happy marriage? No! "Those marriages turned out better but maybe not because of the age," the survey designer Norval Glenn, who is also a University of Texas sociology professor, told USA Today. "Some people may be just too picky or too choosy or not extremely desirable." Interestingly, American culture is gradually moving away from young marriage, with first weddings inching up to 26 for women and 27 for men.

Of course, ask anyone--expert or not--the ideal age for saying "I do," and you're bound to get differing answers. Harris Poll asked teenagers and tweens--those at that in-between age of 8 to 12--the perfect age to walk down the aisle, and they said between 25 and 29 years old. Almost half believe that marriage is "extremely important" or "very important" and only 19 percent think marriage is "not important" at all. In addition, half of young people believe in love at first sight.

Some think the optimum age for marriage can be revealed through mathematics. And what is that age? According to a researcher in Great Britain, the answer is right here: M=Y+(1/e[X-Y]). That computes to 32 years old for men and 27 years old for women, reports London's Evening Standard. This unusual bit of math wizardry is the handiwork of statistician Dennis Lindley, a professor at London's University College. He is confident his formula is so accurate that he says it will save marriages and reduce the divorce rate. If men and women know the optimum age at which to stop playing the field and start settling down, then they won't marry too soon or wait too long and be doomed to a loveless life.

This is his mathematical logic, according to the Evening Standard: To find an optimum marriageable age, subtract the earliest age at which you start looking for a partner (the professor assumes 16) from the latest age you would expect to marry (he says 60 for men, 46 for women), multiply it by a logarithmic formula (which works out at 0.36), and then add it again to your starting age.

44 x 0.36=15.84

33 x 0.36=10.8

The math/love/geek tie-in was too hard to resist.
Permalink son of parnas 
September 1st, 2006 7:18pm
I have 6 months left.

....the race is on.
Permalink Send private email Berlin Brown 
September 1st, 2006 7:19pm
"If you want to be happy for the rest of your life" ...

Permalink trollop 
September 1st, 2006 8:03pm
No one. NO ONE has made a case for marriage. It is an irrational state.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
September 1st, 2006 8:13pm
I honestly hope to get married.
Permalink Funny Bünny 
September 1st, 2006 8:16pm
"I honestly hope to get married."

Why?  So you can fuck the same person for 30 years and pretend you aren't sick of it?
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
September 1st, 2006 8:17pm
Haven't you been doing that for the last 10?
Permalink Colm 
September 1st, 2006 8:18pm
"Haven't you been doing that for the last 10?"

I'm female, she's female.  We don't have the same instincts men do, and sex isn't about the act. There are exceptions for men, but few.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
September 1st, 2006 8:20pm
How do you, as a female, know what instincts men have? Let me guess, its all over the tv.
Permalink Funny Bünny 
September 1st, 2006 8:23pm
So? I doubt Funny Bunny is going to marry a man.
Permalink Colm 
September 1st, 2006 8:23pm
I've dated a few.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
September 1st, 2006 8:23pm
SoP and Funny Bunny are going to get married?
Permalink victim of my own anonymity 
September 2nd, 2006 12:07am
"We don't have the same instincts men do, and sex isn't about the act."

Translation: she's not getting any.
Permalink Commandante Marcos 
September 2nd, 2006 12:34am
The notion that men have the instinct to want to bang 20,000 people like Wilt Chamberlain is stupid.

After you've banged about 10 people or one person for a year or so, the male instinct is more interested in watching golf on TV or eating a sandwich.

You see, women can just lay there and take it. For men, having sex is a lot of work. If you have ready access, once you've done it a bunch, it becomes as desirable as going to the gym. the male promiscuity instinct only kicks in if the dude isn't getting any.
September 2nd, 2006 3:00am
I was 26 and the current spouse was 22 going on 23.  That was 24 years ago so its likely the current spouse will be the only one unless she finally loses complete patience with me for more than a week.
Permalink Send private email Simon Lucy 
September 2nd, 2006 3:39am

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