Tagged With marriage

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Researchers at Germany's Institute for the Study of Labour have published a paper arguing that the rise in free porn on the internet offers a form of instant sexual gratification that lessens the urgency men feel to seek it out in the form of marriage. Using data about how 18 to 35-year-old men used the internet from 2000 to 2004, the researchers looked at the correlation between pornography viewing and marriage.

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There is a growing trend, for which the internet is probably to blame, of people eschewing traditional, down-on-one-knee proposals for flash mobs and drones and giant Transformers robots. It was all bound to end in tears — specifically, with a crane smashing through an apartment building. In the name of love.

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In modern Western society, marrying your cousin is not well accepted. Through a combination of old prejudices and present-day conventional wisdom about inherited birth defects, first-cousin marriage is seen by many as a little too close for comfort, as well as a bad idea if you want children.