A: I'm always wary of statistics that claim that some way of living — being married or single, living in the suburbs or the city, having pets or not — is better on average than some other way of living. There is a lot of research about whether men or women benefit more from marriage or non-marriage, and lots of different findings. The trouble is averages don't tell you anything about individual lives. The research does show that men seem to benefit more from marriage than women do. That's probably because women don't get a wife when they get married!