Using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79)—a survey of people born during the 1957–1964 period—this study examines the marriage and divorce patterns for a cohort of young baby boomers up to age 46.
In particular, the study focuses on differences in marriage and divorce patterns by educational attainment and by age at marriage.
Cultural norms changed in ways that decreased the aversion to being single and increased the probability of cohabitation.
Single people and those who live alone are susceptible to loneliness, as are those who have poor quality social relationships.
In fact, even those who have long-term relationships, such as married people, can experience loneliness if their marriages are unfulfilling.
So how do you manage the problems that inevitably arise?
Loneliness is a particularly negative psychological experience that is linked to poor physical health.