In light of my recent post on the bullshit claim that married men live longer, I’d like to tear another oft-repeated and related claim to shreds. It is the claim that men live longer when they marry younger spouses. You’ll find plenty of sources on that. It goes back to an allegedly solid academic study.
First, let me point out that a lot of academic research is complete crap. There is so much bullshit floating around, it boggles my mind. I get that people want to earn degrees because employers want them. Yet, if you stay on for more than a Bachelor’s (in the US) or a Master’s (in Europe), I’m tempted to say that it’s more likely than not that you’re a member in training of the “idiot elite” class. Indeed, I would advise you to view every piece of “research” with a good dose of skepticism, instead of making statements like “studies have shown that…”.
Here is what one study has shown: men with (much) younger spouses live longer, which is then interpreted to mean that young spouses cause men to live longer. Again, this is completely fucking bogus. Instead, it is much more likely that only top-shelf men are able to get much younger women. You will need to be in superior health. Yeah, you can now say that money and power surely help, too, but those are, again, the consequence of excellent health. There is no way you are going to advance much in your career, or survive as an entrepreneur if you are some lazy piece of shit who can barely get off the couch to take a dump.
To point it out even more clearly: if you take a sample of guys in their mid-40s who have spouses who are at least 15 years younger than them, then it is safe to assume that those men are doing a lot better on a whole slew of metrics than a sample of all guys in their 40s. Thus, you will need to be a kick-ass dude to get a chick that could be your daughter. Conversely, if you are a loser and, I really wouldn’t know how, you managed to get a hot chick half your age, she would not prolong your life. Alas, Statistics 101 is too much for your average PhD in the many bullshit sciences these days, so let’s cut them some slack. Or not.