(Closed) Better chance of being killed by a terrorist than getting married after 40…

posted 9 years ago in 40 Something
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

maybe in some countries, but I don’t think that’s true in the US!  My sister is almost 40 and still single, but I don’t think it means she’ll never get married.  For her, it’s just not as much of a priority and she’s pretty picky…I think she’d admit that.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Yay! I think I heard in my college Sociology of Family Life class that that statistic was overblown and misinterpreted anyway.

Congratulations!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I just got married at 42 and have quite a few friends that are still single.  Probably because we all focused on work and having fun in our 20’s and 30’s.  I think it’s far more common now then whenever that “statistic” was first reported.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

That ‘statistic’ has been completely disproved and newsweek even issues a retraction some 20 year later (even though the fact that it was totally bs was obvious when it was published).  It is actually much more likely that a women who is unmarried at 40 will get married at some point than that she remain unamarried all her life.  Americans especially get married at something like 95/8% rate! 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I jokingly told my Fiance that I wanted to wait until after August (when I’ll be turning 40) for the wedding just to show pride that I waited until 40 to get married.  It was by choice, no desperation involved!

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m 40. 

So far no meteor has hit my house.  I haven’t experienced internal combustion.  And sasquatch hasn’t been sighted yet in the woods near my home.

I think that stat is wack!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve always thought this was probably BS. I know three women married for the first time after 40, and know no one killed by terrorists. Not exactly a representative sample, but still.

Congrats either way! You are all special, whether the stat is true or not.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Hey I turned 50 years old the day after the wedding. Perhaps I should play the lottery! The funny part is I never thought I would marry again. I wasn’t even looking for love but it found me anyway!!!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Marie Gabrielle

I hate statistics!!!  I used to do research and we used to joke how you can really make a stat say just about anything.  They’re much less useful than the media portrays them.  They’re a good soundbite but rarely accurate!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hey, not all stats are wrong! (I’m a statistician — and an over-40 bride!) Like most powerful tools, you have to use them correctly to make them work.  Most news stories totally screw it up. Doing statistics is full of nuance and conditions, which doesn’t make for a good story. The scientists say, “Well, in our small sample, we are pretty sure that 6 in 10 people did X under these REALLY SPECIFIC circumstances,” and the news media then trumpets, “EVERYBODY ALWAYS DOES X!!!”

But Arachna is completely right — that “factoid” was disproven and retracted.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Thankfully they’ve debunked this!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

A woman I work with got married for the first time in her late 40s.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

I will be 45 by the time of my wedding.  My sister will be 40 by the time of hers.  Both of us are first time brides.  I have a number of friends who got married in the last couple of years who got married for the first time at 40+.  In fact, I had fewer friends who got married under 25 than who got married over 40.  Most were in their 30s!

I suspect going to college & grad school and wanting to have a house delayed most of us.

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