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October 16, 2017

Recent family-related news included a look at positive financial effects of divorce, tips on how to have a more positive relationship, a social research study which reveals how using pornography can lead to divorce, research on the question of whether your spouse should also be your best friend, and finally a recent, small study addressing the question of whether “bromance” has an effect on romantic heterosexual relationships.

7 Little-Known Financial Benefits of Divorce Maryalene LaPonsie, US News, September, 29, 2017 Divorce is often devastating, but there are a few financial silver linings…While not a reason to run out and get a divorce, here’s a look at seven financial benefits that could make a sad situation seem a little better.

How to Have a Better Relationship Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times, October, 2017 Nobody knows what really goes on between any couple, but decades of scientific research into love, sex and relationships have taught us that a number of behaviors can predict when a couple is on solid ground or headed for troubled waters… Keep reading for the latest in relationship science, fun quizzes and helpful tips to help you build a stronger bond with your partner.

Researchers Explore Pornography’s Effect on Long-Term Relationships Shankar Vedantam, NPR, October 9, 2017 Married men and women who use pornography are more likely to get divorced than men and women who do not, researchers say. Porn is a driver in making relationships worse, increasing the divorce risk.

Should Your Spouse Be Your Best Friend? Bruce Feiler, The New York Times, October, 12, 2017 This article explores whether a spouse should be considered a “best friend” or whether the role of spouse and best friend should be independent. Research comes up with differing views.

Men Are More Satisfied By Bromances than Their Romantic Relationships Amanda MacMillan, Time, October 12, 2017 Young men get more emotional satisfaction out of “bromances”— close, heterosexual friendships with other males — than they do out of romantic relationships with women, according to a small new study published in Men and Masculinities. Intimate male friendships have become more socially acceptable in recent years, say the study authors, and that’s largely a good thing. But they caution that the shift could lead to weaker bonds among dating or married couples, or even reduce the likelihood of men and women pairing up at all.

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