Do Sexy Students Make Teachers More Likely To Divorce?

A few years back, a journal article entitled Teaching May Be Hazardous to Your Marriage was published.1 This article reported a study showing that men who teach at the high school and college levels have a significantly increased likelihood of being divorced or separated compared to guys in other occupations (the same finding did not hold true for women). The researchers interpreted this finding as evidence that being exposed to teenage women on a regular basis is harmful to men’s marriages by creating a contrast effect. That is, male professors are thought to be more inclined to divorce because their wives don’t look as good in comparison to the teenage beauties who populate their classrooms on a daily basis. The title of this paper and the language used by the authors (who repeatedly mention the “real consequences” of working in higher education) imply that people who are married to male teachers might want to start sending their husbands to work with blindfolds on. But is there really any cause for alarm?
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Do Men Find Women’s Bodies Hotter in the Winter or in the Summer? The Answer Isn't As Obvious As You Might Think

Psychologists have known for some time that people’s mood states and behaviors can change with the seasons. For instance, some people experience what is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of depression that kicks in at a specific time of year, usually in the winter. Although experiencing such extreme changes is relatively rare, researchers have found that smaller seasonal fluctuations in physiological and psychological processes are actually quite common, even among healthy people [1]. Psychologists have recently begun exploring the implications of these changes for our sexual and romantic lives and have found that, at least among heterosexual men, their attraction to women’s bodies appears to depend upon the season [2].
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