Does a College Degree Lead to a Happier Marriage?

-1Most reasons for attending college are pretty obvious: to learn subjects we’re passionate about, to acquire the skills needed for our dream careers, and to experience college social life. But could college increase your chances of having a better love life? According to a recent article in Newsweek, studies have shown that women with college degrees are more likely to have happier marriages and lead satisfying romantic relationships. While high school dropouts had the highest marriage rates in the 1950s, today, women with college degrees are actually more likely to marry than those without a high school diploma (86 percent versus 81 percent).

Betsey Stevenson, an economist and professor at Harvard, explained that college-educated women today are more prone to call their marriages “happy” and are also less likely to divorce. This is because couples with college degrees marry more for love and compatibility as opposed to financial security. Therefore, people see their spouse as an all-around equal as opposed to just someone that will support them economically.

I don’t know about you, but these findings make me feel more optimistic about my future love life. It’s true that obtaining a college degree won’t guarantee me a ride into the sunset with my Prince Charming, and I don't think my college experience so far has turned me into an expert on love. However, I will admit that this is an interesting twist on why you should keep studying hard after high school.

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