Way too many people think that married people live longer. They think it is a fact. It is not. I have been debunking this for years, starting with Singled Out. Every time a new study comes out that is relevant to the myth of the long-living married people, I take a close look to see what it really says.
Here’s what I have written so far about getting married and (not) getting to live longer:
No, getting married does not make you live longer
Watch out, singles! Once again, you are doomed to an early grave by cheater technique
Death and marital status: The link is not what you think
Maybe this time it will stick: ‘Get married and you’ll live longer’ is a myth
The health hazards of having been married
Serving up same old myths about marriage, with a side of condescension
In a sudden medical emergency, will a spouse save your life?
Is a solitary life a shorter life? Results of a big, new review
Are singles doomed to an early grave? Oh, please
The skeptical reader: How the media, and even academic journals, get things wrong
Everything you think you know about single people is wrong
Marriage vs. Single Life: How Science and the Media Got It So Wrong