Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The State of Marriage, According to the Readers of Popular Magazines

According to a poll conducted by AOL and Women's Day magazine, "More than a third of American wives would not marry their husbands if they had to do it all over again.

"The poll by Woman's Day magazine and found that 36 per cent would not marry their husbands, while another 20 per cent were not sure if they would re-do their 'I Do.'

"The poll findings carried in the February issue of Woman's Day magazine, which hit newsstands yesterday, provides an insight into a variety of issues, including flirting, infidelity, soul mates, bedtime habits, honesty and jealousy.

"Of the 3,000 married women surveyed, 76 per cent said they keep secrets from their husbands. The poll found that 84 per cent of American wives would want to be told if their husbands were cheating, with 49 per cent of them stating they have suspected or even caught their husband having an affair.

"On the flipside, 76 per cent admit to fantasizing about a man other than their husband, with 39 per cent stating they flirt with other men constantly."

I don't read women's magazines even when I'm at the doctor's office--I take my own reading material--so I have a sort of negative view of the type of woman who reads them and takes the surveys. It seems to me that many of the women who read women's magazines and take the time to answer the surveys and quizzes have a lot of time on their hands, or they are just too lazy or shallow to read things with more substance (yeah, yeah, I know those magazines sometimes have informative articles about women's health and such, but they're mostly a lot of fluff), so I have to wonder just how representative of all women this poll of 3000 is.

What do you think?

(I'm sorry if I've offended anyone who regularly reads those types of magazines. I guess I should just be glad that you're reading something.)


JMG said...

Before you ask, I found this story in a news website. I did not read Women's Day.

Tony Arnold said...

I am really not missing my Newspaper. To know how representative and accurate the survey may be, you would have to know a lot about the survery that is probably not provided: how was the sample taken, from where, what cross section, what screening was done on the chosen, how was it given, etc.

However, given the divorce rates in this country, I would not be surprised that the results are very accurate and representative. It speaks volumes about the level of committment, communication, and work being done by the couples.

Why do so many people think that something as complicated and serious as marriage will just work by magic, but recognize that they have to put effort into the other areas of their lives to have success: job, sports, personal health, video games, etc.--anything else.


JMG said...

That's a good point, Tony. And judging from what my college freshmen say about love and romance, they think that when they meet "the one" everything will be just peachy.

Ayatollah Mugsy said...

I try to hedge my bets by having more than one "the one" at my harem.

JMG said...

Ha! Mugsy, I think some of my less "romantic" students feel the same way!

It's nice to see you alive and well back in blog land.