In this day and age, many people have different ideas about relationships and which type of relationships are right for them. This dynamic is especially applicable to romantic relationships. In Western culture, monogamy and polygamy are the two most common types of unions. Monogamy is officially defined as “the practice or state of having a sexual relationship with only one partner” while polygamy is established as “the state of having more than one mate at one time.” In most of society, monogamy is regarded favorably, while polygamy is often judged.
Many individuals have asked themselves whether or not monogamy is better than polygamy. Other frequent questions about these relationships revolve around what’s right and wrong or good or bad. Ultimately, there is no one answer to any of the questions above. Different partnerships work well for different people. Not everyone is built for monogamous relationships; the same principle also applies …
Want to live a little longer? Get a second wife. New research suggests that men from polygamous cultures outlive those from monogamous ones.
After accounting for socioeconomic differences, men aged over 60 from 140 countries that practice polygamy to varying degrees lived on average 12% longer than men from 49 mostly monogamous nations, says Virpi Lummaa, an ecologist at the University of Sheffield, UK.
Lummaa presented her findings last week at the International Society for Behavioral Ecology’s annual meeting in Ithaca, New York.
Rather than a call to polygamy, the research might solve a long-standing puzzle in human biology: Why do men live so long?
This question only makes sense after asking the same for women, who – unlike nearly all other animals – live long past the menopause.
One answer seems to be a phenomenon called the grandmother effect. For every 10 years a woman survives …