1. This makes claims about being "backed by science", but it's just one guy, and there is no link to peer-reviewed work 2. The claim is wrong. () 3. It misinforms people and could influence them to make decisions that hurt them
1. Looks like we may have another Naomi Wolf situation: Bad reading of language + ideological wishful thinking = false story. story this past weekend got huge play with the lead: "Women are happier without children or a spouse." 👇🏽
New evidence that WOMEN—but not men—are HAPPIER SINGLE & CHILDLESS
6. The bottom line: The story on women, marriage, and children got it wrong. And has the goods :
“Married people are happier than other population subgroups, but only when their spouse is in the room when they’re asked how happy they are. When the spouse is not present: fucking miserable,” a professor of behavioural science, London School of Economics
"The study found that levels of happiness reported by those who were married was higher than the unmarried, but only when their spouse was in the room." 😂
“happiness reported by those who were married was higher than the unmarried, but only when their spouse was in the room” 😹 Women are happier without children or a spouse, says happiness expert | Life and style | The Guardian
don't suppose they took into account poss genetic confounding, did they?
I wonder why she asked sarcastically.
Oh, I guess that explains why so many single childless women cry when they see weddings, happy couples, smiling babies, and joyful families having fun together. Tears of joy. Not at all longing for something similar in their own lives. 😏
So color me extremely skeptical about the claims in this article.
The original piece is actually coverage of an event, just reporting his comments. Quoting from the speech and maybe getting some audience reactions is just sort of the standard for that kind of piece.
Women are happier without children or a spouse
"Despite the benefits of a single, childless lifestyle for women, Dolan said that the existing narrative that marriage and children were signs of success meant that the stigma could lead some single women to feel unhappy."