I found Bob Brody’s “prescription to marry” offensive. It perpetuates the myth that marriage makes people healthier and happier. There is no scientific research to support that claim. Yes, there is plenty of research that seems to indicate that married folks are happier and healthier than unmarried but all of that research is highly flawed. Most importantly, it fails to show causation, something that can only be shown scientifically with properly designed experiments, which would not be ethical in the case of marriage. However, a close approximation can be longitudinal studies, studies that follow people over a long period of time and assess, for example, their health and happiness every 5 years together with their marital status. Based on those studies, it turns out that there is little support that married people are happier and/or healthier because they are married. The evidence is just not there. Clearly, Mr. Brody’s suggestion mixes up correlation with causation. Is he going to prescribe next buying an expensive luxury car to increase wealth? Well, his prescription for marriage to extend our life span is just as absurd.
I look forward reading an apology to all unmarried people from Mr. Brody together with an explanation of why there is no evidence supporting his prescription!
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