How the internet boosts marriage

A researcher in Canada says she has proof that broadband internet is helping save marriage in America. Huh?

You know what they say: Internet access makes the heart grow fonder.
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There's a lot of talk about the sorry state of the institution of marriage in America — among opponents of same-sex marriage, for example — and the data generally backs that up.

The marriage rate in the U.S. has plummeted to 51 percent of adults in 2011, from 72 percent in 1960. And new Census statistics show that that 36 percent of births in 2011 were to unwed mothers, a rate that jumps to 62 percent for women 20 to 24, 68 percent for black women, and 57 percent for women with less than a high school diploma.

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