Tuesday, August 17, 2010



Just how much are today's studies worth? Who gets paid to do them... and how much and why? (And might these questions themselves be worthy of study?)

Today I heard on the morning news the results of one study about men, cheating and incomes.

It seems if a man's wife is making significantly more than he is making, he's five times more likely to cheat. It also seems that if the man himself is earning significantly more than his wife, he's five times more likely to cheat.

According to the news reporter, analysts surmised that, in the first case, the cheating happens because the wife's higher financial status takes away a man's image of himself as the one who supports the family. In the second case, no reason was given... or perhaps even sought. (Surprisingly, they didn't say the well-paid man could be cheating because he could AFFORD an extra woman).

In the case of this particular study, why not just sum it all up with one sentence: "NO MATTER HOW MUCH OR HOW LITTLE A WOMAN EARNS, HER MAN IS LIKELY TO CHEAT!"

OR... This study might simply prove that, when presented with worthless survey such as this one, a man is likely to lie! Or to mess with the questioner's mind, just for the fun of it.

These studies remind me of the "busy work" grammar school teachers used to dole out to students who completed classroom assignments before the rest of their classmates had finished. There's not much to be gained, and not much comes of them except to fill time.

You can thank R.A.T. (Rose About Town) for filling your time (and this space) with something so earth-shakingly important!