A shortage of “economically-attractive” men could be to blame for the decline in marriage rates, according to new research.

A Santa Barbara dream wedding
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– News covered by Quincy Quarry News with commentary added.

Cornell University study blames lack of ‘economically-attractive’ men for decline in marriage.

In other words: it’s you, not me.

Researchers found that these estimated potential “dream” husbands sought should have an income about 58% higher than actual unmarried men currently earn..

While women have long complained that study after study have found that women make around 25% less than men, the only mathematically valid interpretation of female expectations of a potential male spouse’s income is that he should be earning something on the order of 97% more than the income of the woman interested in marrying (the math: 1*1.25*1.58=1.97 or 97% greater).

I’m in the money!
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Granted, there are a variety of reasons why the average income of women is roughly only 80% of the average for men.

At the same time, it would also appear that the average woman wants a mate who makes roughly twice as much money as she does even if many of these same women are complaining they are not receiving the same average annual income as men.

That and how it takes a hard read of the abstract of the underlying research paper, if not also the research paper itself, to discern the apparent 97% greater income expectation of a prospective male mate by women seeking their ideal matrimonial profile.

Deflated hopes?
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Regardless, it would appear there are ample reasons why males prefer taking their chances with fantasy football.

Source: Study blames lack of ‘economically-attractive’ men for declining marriage rates

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