The Divorce-Proof Marriage

by Rachel Baker on October 14, 2014

I’m not sure these are really true. I think one should probably go read the findings from the paper mentioned to see who was studied (socio-economics, demographics, locations, etc).

Regardless, its sort of interesting seeing the visualization…but its also important to remember this probably doesn’t apply to EVERY marriage.

The Divorce-Proof Marriage.

According to a new study, spending between $2,000 and $4,000 on an engagement ring is significantly associated with an increase in the risk of divorce.

The data scientist Randal Olson recently visualized some of the findings from a paper by Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon, two researchers at Emory University who studied 3,000 married couples in the U.S. to determine the factors that predicted divorce. They analyzed income, religious attendance, how important attractiveness was to each partner, wedding attendance, and other metrics to determine the aspects associated with eventual marital dissolution.

Their findings offer some take-aways for couples who want to minimize their chances of divorce: You should date for three years before popping the question. Be wealthy, but don’t be a gold-digger. Have a huge wedding, but make sure it’s cheap. And whatever you do, don’t skip the honeymoon.

Here are the highlights, displayed with Olson’s visualizations and used here with his permission:

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