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(CNN)   Why are baby boomers so divorce-prone? Because they're making it up as they go along, man   (cnn.com) divider line 85
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2013-12-10 01:04:41 AM
Not because they're all bastards?
 
2013-12-10 01:31:54 AM
Take one look at your Mom,  subby.
 
2013-12-10 01:33:34 AM
Mostly self absorbed folks, mostly.  That and money, coming up in relatively easy growth periods. No sense of gratitude.
 
2013-12-10 01:34:15 AM

Bucky Katt: Not because they're all bastards?


Done in one.

/I was going to say: because they are sociopaths without a single scintilla of interest in anything but their own self-aggrandizement, but your comment is close enough.
 
2013-12-10 01:35:01 AM
They're old. Their DNA programmed drive to reproduce is fulfilled, now what? Watch your body decay even more while your brain makes lumpy oatmeal look good?
 
2013-12-10 01:35:53 AM
Fark divorce. A, my wife and I get along great in every day life. B, we both know how to make the other feel really good below the belt.
 
2013-12-10 01:40:07 AM

picturescrazy: Fark divorce. A, my wife and I get along great in every day life. B, we both know how to make the other feel really good below the belt.


Are you a boomer?

If no, then no one cares.

If yes, then everyone hates you, and no one cares.
 
2013-12-10 01:40:17 AM
As a whole, they got a mixture of strong social pressure to marry along with the freedom to divorce that no other generation will have.  Older didn't get the divorce, younger don't get the social pressure.
 
2013-12-10 01:43:05 AM
For a more thoughtful comment, from TFA:  A recent article in The New York Times noted that the nation's divorce rate -- which plateaued for years at around 50% -- has  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/26/health/families.html?hpw&rref=scienc e" target="_blank" style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 66, 118); outline: 0px; line-height: 19px;">significantly dropped -- to just above 40%. As almost an aside, the writer mentioned that only one group, the 50-plusers, have seen their rate of divorce surge 50% in the past 20 years.

My mother married my biological father when they were 18. He was a drunk and cheater, and she divorced shortly after my sister was born. She was 23. Back then, that age may have been young but not uncommon. I didn't get married until I was 32 years old. I honestly do not see my wife and I divorcing ever, but I had almost 15 years of adult life experience that my mother did not before marrying. My story is not a rare thing, and I'm willing to bet money it's the biggest reason why divorce rates are dropping.
 
2013-12-10 01:43:42 AM
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How about "Life's short. Don't get married". Simpler and much, much cheaper.
 
2013-12-10 01:45:50 AM
Oops -- to this boomer, that is "burying the lead"
LEDE, you ignorant boomer scum.

Also because children keep parents together - for better or worse - and once they're out in the great wide world, that reason for staying together vanishes.
 
2013-12-10 01:48:02 AM
As a baby boomer I can say I definitely have been making it up as I go along but I've also been married for 36 years. No divorce for me.

A lot of the younger people I work with however are divorced (and miserable and bitter).
 
2013-12-10 01:50:33 AM
dave's not home
 
2013-12-10 01:51:26 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: They're old. Their DNA programmed drive to reproduce is fulfilled, now what? Watch your body decay even more while your brain makes lumpy oatmeal look good?


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www.hellomagazine.com

blog.zap2it.com

www.nextmovie.com

i.dailymail.co.uk

sd.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk
 
2013-12-10 01:51:33 AM

frostus: As a baby boomer I can say I definitely have been making it up as I go along but I've also been married for 36 years. No divorce for me.

A lot of the younger people I work with however are divorced (and miserable and bitter).


At least you feel superior to them, that's what's really important. You.
 
2013-12-10 01:52:58 AM
 
2013-12-10 01:57:06 AM

Brainsick: frostus: As a baby boomer I can say I definitely have been making it up as I go along but I've also been married for 36 years. No divorce for me.

A lot of the younger people I work with however are divorced (and miserable and bitter).

At least you feel superior to them, that's what's really important. You.


I don't feel superior, I feel bad for them. They're just all so bummed out all the time.

/and all that's really important to me are my kids and grandkids
//and my wife, of course
 
2013-12-10 02:14:49 AM

gibbon1: Not only does lead degrade cognitive abilities and lower intelligence, it also degrades a person's ability to make decisions by damaging areas of the brain responsible for "emotional regulation, impulse control, attention, verbal reasoning, and mental flexibility."

If lead resulted in increased violence among boomers, why not increased divorce rates?


Maybe they just kill their spouses instead?
 
2013-12-10 02:20:28 AM
Maybe because their parents were married for 50 years of spite and divorce was a big no no, they realize life is to short.
 
2013-12-10 02:20:33 AM
i.imgur.com

You too have just read the headline in this voice.
 
2013-12-10 02:25:53 AM
Maybe it's because their spouses keep winding up in other people's beds.

/Like mine did. 3 times.
//3s a charm
 
2013-12-10 02:39:41 AM
Meh, nothing has changed. People just get divorced instead of either living in marital bondage or cheating behind the scenes.

I have read Japan has similar issues, they got married young, had kids, kids leave home, then get divorced soon after.

It the increased lifespan for everyone more then a culture or generation thing I think.
 
2013-12-10 02:40:16 AM

Mad_Radhu: Quantum Apostrophe: They're old. Their DNA programmed drive to reproduce is fulfilled, now what? Watch your body decay even more while your brain makes lumpy oatmeal look good?


That's Patrick farking Stewart.

Very few old people could get away with that. And plenty of people seem think it's "creepy" that he married someone half his age.

Old people are supposed to be old.
 
2013-12-10 02:40:30 AM

Shirley Ujest: Maybe because their parents were married for 50 years of spite and divorce was a big no no, they realize life is to short.


...too short to bother picking better spouses, apparently.
 
2013-12-10 02:41:25 AM

cursed monkey: Meh, nothing has changed. People just get divorced instead of either living in marital bondage or cheating behind the scenes.

I have read Japan has similar issues, they got married young, had kids, kids leave home, then get divorced soon after.

It the increased lifespan for everyone more then a culture or generation thing I think.


I agree. If people would just start dying earlier, many of the world's problems would disappear.
 
2013-12-10 02:45:53 AM
And yet I get shiat for not being married...

/Not a boomer
//early Gen Y
 
2013-12-10 02:57:24 AM
Danger Avoid Death:
I agree. If people would just start dying earlier, many of the world's problems would disappear.

No. Wether a human life is short or long is irrelevant to solving any of the horrible things that go on in the world. Sorry to say, the human condition is not based on numbers, no matter how few or numerous we all are.
 
2013-12-10 03:02:26 AM

cursed monkey: Sorry to say, the human condition is not based on numbers,


42
 
2013-12-10 03:05:01 AM

picturescrazy: For a more thoughtful comment, from TFA:  A recent article in The New York Times noted that the nation's divorce rate -- which plateaued for years at around 50% -- has  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/26/health/families.html?hpw&rref=scienc e" target="_blank" style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 66, 118); outline: 0px; line-height: 19px;">significantly dropped -- to just above 40%. As almost an aside, the writer mentioned that only one group, the 50-plusers, have seen their rate of divorce surge 50% in the past 20 years.

My mother married my biological father when they were 18. He was a drunk and cheater, and she divorced shortly after my sister was born. She was 23. Back then, that age may have been young but not uncommon. I didn't get married until I was 32 years old. I honestly do not see my wife and I divorcing ever, but I had almost 15 years of adult life experience that my mother did not before marrying. My story is not a rare thing, and I'm willing to bet money it's the biggest reason why divorce rates are dropping.


Sounds like my experience, too. I won't say I won't get divorced because you never know. People change even in adulthood
 
2013-12-10 03:18:22 AM

Danger Avoid Death: cursed monkey: Sorry to say, the human condition is not based on numbers,

42


You got me. : )
 
2013-12-10 03:19:11 AM

sendtodave: Mad_Radhu: Quantum Apostrophe: They're old. Their DNA programmed drive to reproduce is fulfilled, now what? Watch your body decay even more while your brain makes lumpy oatmeal look good?

That's Patrick farking Stewart.

Very few old people could get away with that. And plenty of people seem think it's "creepy" that he married someone half his age.

Old people are supposed to be old.


My friends like to say you can start being a "dirty old man" when you can legally date someone half your age -- generally, 36.
 
2013-12-10 03:41:53 AM

HaywoodJablonski: I won't say I won't get divorced because you never know. People change even in adulthood



That's true, and maybe I'm short sighted, but I don't see the problems that seem to lead to divorce developing, That said, who knows what the future holds.
 
2013-12-10 03:44:56 AM

autopsybeverage: sendtodave: Mad_Radhu: Quantum Apostrophe: They're old.

Old people are supposed to be old.

My friends like to say you can start being a "dirty old man" when you can legally date someone half your age -- generally, 36.


Creepy Math: age/2 +7

HaywoodJablonski: picturescrazy: I won't say I won't get divorced because you never know. People change even in adulthood


My second wife split when the youngest was 16yo, and I said, after my sis said she was sleeping in another room than her husband, because she wanted the space, "I'm never sleeping alone, that's not what I got married for". She left skidmarks getting outta there.
 
2013-12-10 03:52:49 AM

Bumblefark: Shirley Ujest: Maybe because their parents were married for 50 years of spite and divorce was a big no no, they realize life is to short.

...too short to bother picking better spouses, apparently.


Yeah, because people who are awesome at one age will always be awesome, no matter what life throws at them.

picturescrazy: HaywoodJablonski: I won't say I won't get divorced because you never know. People change even in adulthood


That's true, and maybe I'm short sighted, but I don't see the problems that seem to lead to divorce developing, That said, who knows what the future holds.


For a few examples: cancer... mental illness... not meeting unspoken expectations of their spouse... and I'm sure many people will flippantly claim that they made SURE to ask about those expectations, except probably at least half of them are lying, or they asked and their SO lied instead.

Not speaking from experience at this time, but I'm at a point in life where none of the above would surprise me. And for the record, I'm terrified of getting seriously ill, because when I had surgery (twice), Lordfortuna was not very interested in helping me with recovery issues after about the first day. Given my family's cancer history, well... yeah, we'll burn that bridge when we get there.
 
2013-12-10 03:56:20 AM
The "generations" discussion is an informal "IQ" test..
If you buy into it, you're a moron.
Believing that when people were born influences their character has a name - it's called "astrology" - and only retards believe in it.
 
2013-12-10 04:04:43 AM

jso2897: The "generations" discussion is an informal "IQ" test..
If you buy into it, you're a moron.
Believing that when people were born influences their character has a name - it's called "astrology" - and only retards believe in it.


9/10 - you almost got me
 
2013-12-10 04:10:17 AM

Public Savant: 9/10 - you almost got me


Its kind of riding that point where it is difficult to tell apart satire from genuine stupidity. You'd be forgiven if you bit.
 
2013-12-10 04:11:42 AM

jso2897: The "generations" discussion is an informal "IQ" test..
If you buy into it, you're a moron.
Believing that when people were born influences their character has a name - it's called "astrology" - and only retards believe in it.


You come here often? What's your sign?
 
2013-12-10 04:17:47 AM

jso2897: The "generations" discussion is an informal "IQ" test..
If you buy into it, you're a moron.
Believing that when people were born influences their character has a name - it's called "astrology" - and only retards believe in it.


Really?  I always thought it was a layman's term for cyclical tendencies -- which I'd consider quite reasonable and mathematical at its roots.  For example, the "industrial age" is another term loaded with significant factors that resulted in serious outcomes to society and the environment.  To claim someone who points this out is showing a low IQ seems more obtuse than anything else.
 
2013-12-10 04:18:42 AM

jso2897: The "generations" discussion is an informal "IQ" test..
If you buy into it, you're a moron.
Believing that when people were born influences their character has a name - it's called "astrology" - and only retards believe in it.


Why do you think that? The social and economic conditions under which people grew up must have profound implications for their world view. Boomers grew up under very fortunate circumstances.
 
2013-12-10 04:31:14 AM
Suede head:  Boomers grew up under very fortunate circumstances.

Not all of us.
 
2013-12-10 04:35:59 AM
also 

Suede head: jso2897: The "generations" discussion is an informal "IQ" test..
If you buy into it, you're a moron.
Believing that when people were born influences their character has a name - it's called "astrology" - and only retards believe in it.

Why do you think that? The social and economic conditions under which people grew up must have profound implications for their world view. Boomers grew up under very fortunate circumstances.


So did us x,y ers. Point?
 
2013-12-10 04:40:27 AM

frostus: Suede head:  Boomers grew up under very fortunate circumstances.

Not all of us.


Economically more favorable.

The same blue collar job that someone could get in the 1960's that would support a modest home and a family would get you an apartment with a roomate and bus fare today.

If the generations that follow the boomers don't want to live in the third world, they're going to have to do something drastic about the oligarchic class in America.
 
2013-12-10 04:52:29 AM

cursed monkey: also  Suede head: jso2897: The "generations" discussion is an informal "IQ" test..
If you buy into it, you're a moron.
Believing that when people were born influences their character has a name - it's called "astrology" - and only retards believe in it.

Why do you think that? The social and economic conditions under which people grew up must have profound implications for their world view. Boomers grew up under very fortunate circumstances.

So did us x,y ers. Point?


I'm gen x and I grew up under poor circumstances but it's generally true the boomers had the best of everything and had more hope of improving their lot in life than subsequent generations.
 
2013-12-10 05:07:02 AM
toomuchwhargarbl:
If the generations that follow the boomers don't want to live in the third world, they're going to have to do something drastic about the oligarchic class in America.

- Join unions
- Stop voting for people with fortunes bigger than $ 1 mio.
- Make a conscious effort to realize, that it's better to pay higher taxes for better welfare and healthcare than to support the poor through self-aggrandizing charity.
 
2013-12-10 06:30:55 AM

gibbon1: If lead resulted in increased violence among boomers, why not increased divorce rates?


I think pumping someone full of lead takes the need for divorce out of the equation.
 
2013-12-10 06:41:44 AM
Because most Boomer's wives are menopausal?
 
2013-12-10 06:47:14 AM
Because they grew up pandered to and are spoiled, obsessed with instant gratification and are generally self-absorbed twatwaffles.
 
2013-12-10 06:48:27 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: They're old. Their DNA programmed drive to reproduce is fulfilled, now what? Watch your body decay even more while your brain makes lumpy oatmeal look good?


4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-12-10 07:34:33 AM

Shirley Ujest: Maybe because their parents were married for 50 years of spite and divorce was a big no no, they realize life is to short.


But wait until the kids get out of school.  I believe you've solved the mystery of the ages.
 
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