If You Get Married at This Age, You're More Likely to Get Divorced

Sooooo, now what?

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When your nosy Aunt Jenna pulls you aside at your family barbecue and tells you you're too young to marry, for the love of god, please heed her advice—even if you'd rather stick it to her and prove you're ready..

The University of Utah took data from the National Survey of Family Growth from 2006 to 2010 and concluded that if you get married at the age of 20 (excuse me, people actually do this in college??), you're 50 percent more likely to get divorced than if you'd married at 25, and each year after 25 that you wait to get married reduces your divorce rate by 11 percent—woo!—but there's a catch. Once you hit 32 ("or so"), the odds that you'll divorce go up by 5 percent each year. Meh, better that 50 so we'll take it.

This trend seems to be relatively new, since a previous study done with data from 2002 showed that the divorce rate of people who got married after 30 was flatlining instead of dropping, says sociologist Nicholas Wolfinger. 

How does he explain this "phenomenon"? Well, if you get married after 30, you've probably had more complicated relationships with exes (and have had more exes in general), which could make you feel more tempted to cheat—tooootally [side-eye]. He adds that the current data doesn't support these theories specifically, so he's not really sure why it's happening. Moral of the story: You're damned if you get married too early and you're damned if you waited too long. How pleasant.

Lane Moore
Lane Moore

Lane Moore is an award-winning comedian, actor, writer, and musician based in New York City. Her first book, How To Be Alone: If You Want To And Even If You Don’t became a #1 bestseller and was praised as one of the best books of the year by The New York TimesNew York Magazine, NPR, Good Morning AmericaFast CompanyMarie Claire, and many others. Moore also gave a TEDx Talk based on the book, called How To Be Alone. Her comedy show “Tinder Live!” is regarded as one of the best comedy shows in New York City and has been praised by The New York TimesEntertainment Tonight, CBS, Time Out New York, and New York Magazine. She has a monthly sold-out residency in NYC, and also tours rock venues and colleges worldwide. As an actor, Moore plays Kelsey on HBO’s Search Party, and has a recurring role on Rooster Teeth’s What Do You Know? and had a memorable role on season 5 of  HBO’s Girls. She also frequently appears on Comedy Central, VH1, MTV, truTV, and IFC shows. As a musician, Moore is the front person and songwriter in the band “It Was Romance.” In her time as the the Sex and Relationships Editor at Cosmopolitan, she won a GLAAD award for her groundbreaking work championing diverse, inclusive coverage. Moore also hosts the live streaming comedy show How To Be Alone on Twitch, which she calls “PeeWee’s Playhouse for lonely adults.”