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LESS RELIGION, LESS MARRIAGE, AND LESS SEX ARE MAKING A YOUNGER GENERATION LESS HAPPY

Last year, the proportion of eighteen-to-thirty-four-year-old Americans reporting themselves to be “very happy” hit a new low. The social scientists W. Bradford Wilcox and Lyman Stone, seeking to explain these data, note a corresponding drop in the same cohort of marriage rates, frequency of attendance at religious services, and frequency of sexual intercourse—all factors that have been shown to correlate with happiness. They write: “Controlling for basic demographics and other social characteristics, married young adults are about 75-percent more likely to report that they are very happy, compared with their peers who are not married…. As it turns out, the share of young adults who are… (READ MORE)


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