NPR

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.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR2 min readPolitics
Supreme Court Rules For Worshippers And Against California COVID Restrictions
The court's unsigned order came on a 5-to-4 vote, preventing the state from enforcing a rule that limits at-home gatherings to no more than three households.
NPR3 min read
In 'Beeswing,' Richard Thompson Revisits A Big Life Just Shy Of The Mainstream
Richard Thompson, a British musician who somehow avoided pop stardom throughout his career, has just written about his early days in a new memoir called Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice.
NPR2 min readInternational Relations
More Than 700 Civilians Killed By Myanmar Junta Since Coup
At least 82 people were killed in the city of Bago on Friday during a military crackdown against opposition.