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When Did Marriage Become So Hard?

Marriage is hard — and there are signs it's become even harder in recent decades. We examine how long-term relationships have changed, and whether we might improve marriage by asking less of it.
Source: Peter Dazeley

No one will deny that marriage is hard. In fact, there's evidence it's getting even harder. Eli Finkel, a social psychologist at Northwestern "[A] marriage that would have been acceptable to us in the 1950s is a disappointment to us today because of those high expectations," he says.

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