I just read this article on CNN [also posted on Newsworthy diary] about monogamy, and wondered what my fellow Bloopers thought about monogamy in today's day and age. Article Link: http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/10/28/monogamy.realistic.today/index.html
* Changing social mores, growing life expectancy prompt new questions about monogamy
* Mating for life is within the realm of human potential, but it's not easy, evolutionary biologist says
* Some people try polyamory, or having relationships with several partners at the same time
* Americans are too surprised by infidelity when it happens, author says
The author of "Lust in Translation" Pamela Druckerman stated, "Americans are too surprised by infidelity when it happens. I think we go into marriage with perhaps unrealistically high expectations about human nature."
I saw on the news the other day that somewhere between 60-90% of people will cheat at some point in their marriages - though I'm not sure why the statistic varies so much. Personally, I think it's closer to 90%.
The rates of marriages and divorce according to the CDC in April 2009 were:
* Number of marriages: 2,162,000
* Marriage rate: 7.1 per 1,000 total population
* Divorce rate: 3.5 per 1,000 population
So, what do you all think about monogamy? In the age of hookups, friends with benefits and online dating, and as human life expectancy grows, is it still reasonable to expect people to pair up and stay monogamous until death do them part?