Marriage is in trouble.

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Success is slim.

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“What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay                          in Vegas.”

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Here’s some research on the effect of the number of sexual partners one has had  before meeting the final “one.”

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   Some research recently published in The Los Angeles Times¹:

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   To improve your odds of a high-quality marriage, try not to have too many sexual partners before you meet “the one.” And when you do find him or her, consider inviting at least 150 people to your wedding.

   That’s just some of the practical advice offered by two psychology researchers from the University of Denver who have studied 418 people who participated in the Relationship Development Study. All of them were single and between the ages of 18 and 40 when they joined the study in 2007 and 2008, and all of them had tied the knot by the time the researchers checked in with them five years later.

   The goal was to identify patterns of behavior that tended to set people up for successful and fulfilling marriages. The researchers asked volunteers questions about “marital happiness, confiding in one another, believing things are going well in the relationship, and thoughts of divorce,” according to their report published this week. Those who ranked in the top 40 percent were considered to have “high-quality marriages.”

   The researchers–Galena Rhoades and Scott Stanley–emphasized that the choices men and women make long before they say “I do” seem to have a strong influence on their marriages years later.

   “What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas, so to speak,” they wrote. “Our past experiences, especially when it comes to love, sex, and children, are linked to our future marital quality.”

   For instance, the study volunteers were asked how many sexual partners they had before they got married, and the response (on average) was five. But 23 percent of them had slept only with the person they married, and they scored higher on the marriage quality test than those with more experience. In fact, for women, the higher the number of sexual partners, “the less happy she reported her marriage to be,” according to the report,

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   ¹ This article, by Karen Kaplan, of the L.A. Times, which is quoted in its entirety, appeared in the Scranton Times-Tribune on Aug. 21, 2014. Coloring added is ours.