Research Blog #3

“Divorce rate high in conservative areas”

  1. In this short article, I found the most interesting thing to be the empirical confirmation of my suspicions that factors about religious communities can lead to higher divorce rates. In conservative environments, people tend to get married younger, have more kids, and less education. Additionally, they feel they cannot get help from their community because the culture shames any marital struggle.
  2.  This article was written in February 2014 for the Christian Century magazine. According to their website, they are a Chicago based periodical that focuses on Christian faith in the modern age. They also run a blog and hold a lecture workshop in Chicago every year.
  3. Yes, in the top right corner of the magazine, they list several sources for their data. These included: Religion News Services, USA Today, and Associated Baptist Press. As with any reliable empirical evidence, they must credit the original source. They also reference past studies in their current article.
  4. I thought it was very interesting when Glass said, “if you live in a marriage market where everybody marries young, you postpone marriage at your own risk. The best catches…are going to go first.” I think that’s very true in my experience with a religious culture. The societal pressure is so strong, and you feel as though you somehow failed by not becoming engaged before you graduate college.
  5. After reading this, I’m curious about the connections between different religious affiliations and marriage. How do they view the purpose of marriage? How do the cultures view marital problems? How do they view divorce?
  6. “Conservative areas”
    “Romantic Individualism””Relationship conflict”


“Do you have anything to hide? Infidelity-related behaviors on social media sites and marital satisfaction”

  1. I was very surprised to find that only a small percentage of their sample reported infidelity related behavior on social media. Obviously there could be an element of dishonesty, but I still would have expected more than 5-12%. However, it was unsurprising that of these IR behaviors, there was a high correlation between relationship satisfaction and attachment anxiety.
  2. Brandon McDaniel, Michelle Drouin, and Jaclyn Cravens collaborated on this article, which was published in  January 2017. The academic journal, Computers in Human Behavior, explores the use of technology from a psychological perspective. I think this would be a great source for the rest of my research project.
  3. In their references section, they credit a huge list of other sources. They also utilize in-text citations, like how they used surveys from past research projects to measure their variables.
  4. How might new app development and technology advancement affect marriages further? Does technology make it easier or harder to engage in infidelity? Why do people feel more tempted to engage in IR behaviors?
  5. “Infidelity”
    “Marital satisfaction”
    “Social media”
    “Attachment anxiety”
    “IR behaviors”

    After doing more research, I do feel like my topic is too broad, but I’m not sure which direction I want to take it down. I find the correlation between different religious environments and marriage to be the most interesting, but it escapes the main point of this class, which is technology’s impact on society.



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