Pointless research


Generally I am all for finding out what makes people tick and why we humans do the weird and wacky things that we do. I'm a little more conservative when it comes to medical research and testing, though, as usually results of medical testing entail choosing a course of action. Take, for instance, prenatal screening for certain things. If you get the screening done, there is a supposition that you will do something with the results. If you don't intend to terminate the pregnancy, regardless of results, there is often (but not always) no point to the screening.

Now the researchers are studying the effect of child gender and dispersement on marital stability and are finding that having a boy and a girl makes for a less tippy marriage boat.

What the heck are you supposed to do with that piece of information??

Do you discard the duds? Swap with friends who have duplicates?

Do people who have fertility treatment and have twins of the same sex get a deduction for possible divorce costs?

We live in an odd world….. 


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Francoise says:

    I have three sons, no daughter… I have been happily married to the same guy (the father of my three sons!) for 26 years. Am I supposed to be out of norms then? This is so funny!
    By the way, I enjoy reading your blog. 🙂

  2. Sounds like a candidate for the Ig Nobel prize. (I wonder if the results change with evidence of non-traditional gender roles within the family.) So, two girls and no intention of divorce – another trend for us to buck. We’re used to it by now.

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