People, Technology

Obvious facts

57 percent of married women are happier with their love life compared with 40 percent among women with live-in partners and 17 percent among single women

60 percent of married men are happier with their love life compared with the 40 percent with live-in partners and 33 percent among single men.

These are examples of “comparative statistics” appearing to convey something significant but really doesn’t.

Of course married men are happier with their love life, at least 60% of the time, for the reason that finding the love of their lives was why they got themselves hitched in the first place and remain so.

Of course men living with partners are less happy, at least 60% of the time (than their married counterpart), for the reason that they’re in a kind of middle ground.

Of course single men are the least happy, at least 67% of the time, for the reason that they have yet to find that significant other who’d they want to stay with for better or for worse.

What’s missing in the survey is data on men and women who are neither single nor attached in the traditional sense. How happy are men and women who are separated or divorced, currently unattached or in relationships? How happy are men and women who are gay, unattached or in relationships? The notion is that these demographic are the least happy, but perhaps not. A survey might yield surprising results about these groups.

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