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Research Suggests Polygamous Men Live Longer

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the depends-which-part-of-utah dept.

Medicine 483

Calopteryx writes "Want to live a little longer? Get a second wife. A study reported in New Scientist suggests that men from polygamous cultures outlive those from monogamous ones. After accounting for socioeconomic differences, men aged over 60 from 140 countries that practice polygamy to varying degrees lived on average 12% longer than men from 49 mostly monogamous nations."

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I would have thought the opposite (5, Funny)

loftwyr (36717) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678177)

I would have thought having multiple sets of in-laws would shorten your life expectancy through frustration alone...

Nah (5, Insightful)

XanC (644172) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678263)

Men who are comfortable having multiple wives have no problems telling the in-laws to stuff it.

Re:I would have thought the opposite (5, Funny)

jgarra23 (1109651) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678277)

Not only that, how does going from ONE nagging wife to TWO nagging wives make for longevity??

Re:I would have thought the opposite (4, Insightful)

snoyberg (787126) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678315)

They nag each other instead of nagging you?

Re:I would have thought the opposite (3, Funny)

midnitewolf (673923) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679399)

Chop, Chop, Dig, Dig, Chop, Chop, Dig, Dig...

I hear digging, but I don't hear chopping!

Re:I would have thought the opposite (1)

SlipperHat (1185737) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678341)

Because the excuse "She did it" becomes that much more believable.

Re:I would have thought the opposite (5, Funny)

Rival (14861) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678457)

Not only that, how does going from ONE nagging wife to TWO nagging wives make for longevity??

Maybe it just *seems* like his life is longer?

"Sit on a hot stove for a minute and it feels like an hour; sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it feels like a minute. Live with two wives and it makes sitting on a hot stove look pretty good." (with apologies to Albert Einstein)

More likely, it's sampling bias. (3, Insightful)

Moryath (553296) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679733)

Consider the following: every culture that practices polygamy (actually polygyny, multiple wives, as opposed to polyandry, which would be multiple husbands) has to do something about the extra males. Each and every society like this, without exception, has been AMAZINGLY misogynistic - and that's continued today in the modern Muslim and Fundamentalist LDS "polygamist" cultures.

When you have a surplus of males, your option is pretty much either (a) kick them out into the world (what the FLDS do) or (b) get them killed off in warring, tribal or otherwise (which is what much of Africa and Middle Eastern muslim societies do).

If you get to be old in such cultures, you're wealthy. In fact, wealth is more an indicator of your life expectancy, in any culture.

However, now compare those cultures across the board. If you're in Europe or in America/Canada or another westernized nation, it's relatively easy to get past 60 - after all, you have the free health care systems and welfare setups to rely on.

On the flipside, look at the polygamist societies - in Middle Eastern/African muslim societies, those who aren't going to reach 60 (read: the poor) usually kill themselves off FAR faster in various tribal conflicts and wars. In the FLDS, tracking down their "lost boys" usually winds up giving you an example of kids who have the world yanked from under them and wind up becoming drug addicts and worse because they've been taught from day one that the "outside world" was out to kill them anyways for being FLDS.

What you have there isn't a real phenomenon. "Post hoc, ergo propter hoc [wikipedia.org] " is a classic mistake that is made by this fatally flawed "study."

Re:I would have thought the opposite (1)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678477)

It's not that they live so much longer, it's that the time passes so much slower for them.

Re:I would have thought the opposite (1)

nategoose (1004564) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678639)

I would guess that in most polygamous cultures the man is king of his castle to a large degree, so after marriage the in-laws don't exert that much nag.

Re:I would have thought the opposite (5, Insightful)

jriding (1076733) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678647)

knowing that if she naggs to much or decides to cut off the sex, you will walk down the hall to the other wife tends, to make this a non issue.
Women compete naturally against each other.. here is an example.

She is being such a b*tch today.. you should come stay with me, I would never be like that. Flip sides repeat.

Hell look at Hugh Hefner.

Re:I would have thought the opposite (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678737)

You leave the nagging one to have sex with the other one?

I think you ust hit the mail on the head (5, Funny)

bihoy (100694) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678831)

I suspect that people who are happy with their lives in general will live longer.

There are studies that show that married people live longer than those who are not.

There are studies that claim that happily married people live longer than those who are not happy in their marriage.

What makes men happy?

Being a guy I know I am happier when I get more opportunity for some "good" lovin' from my woman.

Do you see where I'm going with this? It's all about what makes you happy (imho).

Now then, the next question is: What makes women happy?

Figure that out and your onto something.

You've completely missed it (5, Funny)

blueZ3 (744446) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679405)

Now then, the next question is: What makes women happy?

Figure that out and your onto something.

More like "figure that out, and she'll change her mind"

Just kidding, honey! Honest.

Re:I think you ust hit the mail on the head (5, Interesting)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679737)

Well,I actually watched a show on a family from the Mormon sect that still practices multiple wives,and the women were even happier about it than the men. You see it was like this,the wife that didn't want to be tied to the housework was able to get an education and become a paralegal,while the other three who were quite happy to be stay at home moms raised the young ones and took care of the house. All four said it was so wonderful how if one of them was sick,or just feeling wore down and needed a break,the others would give her a weekend "mini-vacation" and would take up the slack.

They did everything from breast feeding to carpooling together and by dividing the workload they were able to raise their 6 kids with nobody getting over stressed. They even had a "loving schedule" which allowed them to swap days between each other depending on who was feeling amorous or not in the mood. They were quite the model of efficiency,but of course with 4 wives and soon to be 7 kids you'd pretty much have to be. So despite the idea that it is a "mans paradise" women can be quite happy with the arrangement if they all get along.

What stuck the show in my mind was that the 3 wives were the ones who actually brought in the fourth. The husband wasn't actually keen on the idea at first. Two of them had a high school girlfriend who lost her husband(cancer I believe) and they invited her to stay with them and helped her to grieve. After awhile the 3 got together and said basically "Why don't we keep her?" and hooked her up with their husband. At the time of the show she was 7 months pregnant with their seventh child,which was her first. Seemed like a nice way to live to me. But as always this is my 02c,YMMV

Re:I would have thought the opposite (1, Funny)

dave562 (969951) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678887)

When one of them starts to nag you go to the other one. Nothing puts a woman in check faster than being willing AND able to leave her if/when she turns into a bitch.

Re:I would have thought the opposite (1)

c (8461) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679081)

> how does going from ONE nagging wife to TWO nagging wives make for longevity?

I'm not sure nagging is much of a concern. Many (most?) of the cultures which allow polygamy also tend to turn a blind eye to domestic abuse.

c.

Re:I would have thought the opposite Umm? (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679623)

Equilibrium? He's the rock splitting the water. Or, he is the water flowing along two mounds...

Or, to bring it to the West, if he's Richard Pryor in "Which Way Is Up?", he better watch out for shuttle buses that run over preachers... and better watch out for the Ms Tyson's with vibrators...

Re:I would have thought the opposite (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679669)

Which would be worse: Two nagging wives, or two wagging knives? To BLEED or NOT to bleed: THAT is the question.

IT IS the opposite (3, Informative)

pejyel (1275304) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678555)

On a short-term basis, it might be true, but on the evolutionary scale, polygamy seems to have the opposite effect. at least this article suggests so: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2007/10/17/scisex117.xml [telegraph.co.uk]

Re:IT IS the opposite (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679001)

Interesting article, although it raises the question of which is more valuable, shorter but probably more valuable lives (competition does drive innovation) or longer more apathetic lives? Of course it's rather difficult to approach quantitatively, but I think that humanity has been benefited by successive generations of badasses instead of weaklings.

Re:I would have thought the opposite (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24678591)

obviously a typo: Get a second life.

Re:I would have thought the opposite (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24678809)

I'm polyamorous and have a long-term girlfriend in addition to a wife of over a decade. It's been my experience that in the short term, there's a huge amount of stress and a substantial load of emotional processing involved (as my gf is fond of saying to people, "imagine what happens when both women have PMS at the same time"). But in the long term I expect there's probably more benefits than costs, both because of the added emotional support, and because adapting to multiple people forces one to be substantially more honest (thus reducing the stress of the compartmentalizing which we all do unconsciously) and to simplify one's life.

Women I know who have multiple male partners seem to have it a bit easier in the short run, since most men are, let's face it, fairly simple creatures. Long run, I'm not so sure about, for exactly the same reason (i.e., men being simple creatures).

Re:I would have thought the opposite (1)

Yuan-Lung (582630) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679425)

I would have thought having multiple sets of in-laws would shorten your life expectancy through frustration alone...


Not if you are capable of setting onto each other and watch the fireworks from afar.

Related to an old joke (5, Funny)

base3 (539820) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678179)

Q. "Why do married men die before their wives?" A. "Because they want to"

Re:Related to an old joke (1)

qbzzt (11136) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678517)

You do realize that means married men would rather die earlier than live without their wives, don't you.

I know that's the case with me - I can hardly imagine living without her.

Re:Related to an old joke (1)

legoman666 (1098377) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678723)

Joke

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Your head.

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Re:Related to an old joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24678749)

I know that's the case with me - I can hardly imagine living without her.

So not only are you stupid, you're codependent as well.

Re:Related to an old joke (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679813)

At least they aren't an enabler.

Re:Related to an old joke (2, Insightful)

base3 (539820) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679753)

That is seriously nice. Your wife is obviously a lucky woman.

Re:Related to an old joke (5, Funny)

Mr2cents (323101) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678735)

(except Hans Reiser)

Serial vs. Simultaneous (3, Insightful)

bob_herrick (784633) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678185)

I wonder if serial polyagmy has any of the same benefits? I am sure I would not have lived this long if still with the ex.

I will live forever! (2, Interesting)

makellan (550215) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678193)

In seriousness, I'm not surprised. From living this way for a while, I see a lot less stress on all parties most of the time. When there is stress, it's easier to deal with as you have a stronger close-knit support structure.

Re:I will live forever! (1)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678241)

Not sure how many people you'll find to agree with you, but I too found it easier, and less stressful in many ways. The article goes through some convolutions about children but I think it has much more to do with general contentment.

Re:I will live forever! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24678243)

How is this news for nerds? Seriously we are lucky if we get one woman to put up with us...

Oddly my capscha is ... blouses.

Re:I will live forever! (3, Insightful)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678365)

I was talking to some friends about this recently... there is an expectation (at least in the USoA culture) that when you love someone, you marry them and you stay married and live happily ever after. The problem is, most people don't actually want that. They think they do because they have been told that is how it is. Everyone wants the happily ever after, but when it comes to marriage/monogamy, it isn't everyones way to get there.

You're crazy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24678201)

I'm just learning to walk now after mentioning this to my LAST wife...

Re:You're crazy! (1)

Mr2cents (323101) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678781)

Why do I get that feeling you won't get very old...

Forwarding this to my wife... (4, Funny)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678205)

...and I'll even share! I'm all for watching girl-on-girl action!

That being said, as much as my wife and I both love naked chicks, I can't imagine being married to more than one woman, let alone surviving longer from it. One woman is enough to kill me.

Re:Forwarding this to my wife... (2, Funny)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678363)

The catch here is that polygamy implies marriage. Now if they just changed it to "hot group action" or "friends with benefits" then I'd be demanding that this longevity effect be covered under health insurance.

Re:Forwarding this to my wife... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24678527)

Too bad they don't usually cover preventative medicine. There's no better way to shave the pounds and keep in shape like hot, passionate sex. But unfortunately it's a more difficult to get the lovin' if you're not trim and in shape. Damn you chicken and egg! Foiled again!

Re:Forwarding this to my wife... (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679355)

But unfortunately it's a more difficult to get the lovin' if you're not trim and in shape. Damn you chicken and egg! Foiled again!

Yeah but this chicken and egg scenario can be easily solved with beer goggles ;) Who said you need to be trim and in shape to get laid?

Women live longer (1)

Wiarumas (919682) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678259)

I've read (sorry I won't look up the source) that women outlive men when in life long relationships. I wonder if being 1 of multiple lives affects this at all?

There's a LOT to control for (5, Interesting)

jfengel (409917) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678307)

The most obvious explanation is that only the "fittest" men get to have multiple wives in the first place. They'll tend to be richer, and rich men live longer. They said they accounted for socioeconomic differences, but might it also be that physically fit men lived longer and attracted more wives?

I'm sure they tried to control for that and a host of other factors, but I'd really need to see the original paper to understand their work.

Re:There's a LOT to control for (1)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678795)

Ummm..in the FLDS world, extra wives (they call them "blessings") are assigned by the church hierarchy (like Warren Jeffs [wikipedia.org] ) based on political reliability and adherence to the community/religious rules. Wealth is also a factor, but in the FLDS worl, wealth is ALSO partially a f(x) of those same things.

Re:There's a LOT to control for (1)

Dravik (699631) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678899)

You might want to correct that to "only the "fittest" men get to have wives. If the best off(physically and/or economically) men get multiple wives then the worst off men don't get any.

Re:There's a LOT to control for (3, Interesting)

perlchild (582235) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679437)

I realize polyandry is much rarer, but did they try to contrast this with it? I suspect the cultural expecations that make polygamy possible make the stress-free living that really generates the longevity possible. Up to the point where the opposite would be true for polyandry.

Ernest Borgnine says different (2, Interesting)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679611)

Well, Ernest Borgnine says I only need to masturbate a lot to live a long time. And I believe him because he was in both "Escape from New York" *AND* "Baseketball."

Reminds me of a joke (0, Redundant)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678317)

Q: Why do married men die sooner than their wives?
A: Because the want to.

Uh-oh (1)

imstanny (722685) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678327)

This doesn't bode well for for monogomous relationships, where the male has surpassed his life expectancy.

Hugh Hefner (4, Insightful)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678351)

A quick check shows Hugh Hefner at 82, that's proof enough for me.

Now if I could just convince my wife...

Attempts to convince your wife... (4, Funny)

Junta (36770) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678763)

May shorten your life expectancy.

Re:Hugh Hefner (1)

DeadDecoy (877617) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679359)

George Carlin died at 71. Guess he should have slept with more 2's.

Re:Hugh Hefner (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679795)

It shouldn't be too hard to convince your wife to accept another woman. At least, I've never had any trouble.

Polygamous cultures (4, Insightful)

hey! (33014) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678397)

often practice warfare to an unusual degree. High numbers of young male deaths leads to a surplus of marriageable women -- including widows. Polygamy allows the fertility rate to compensate, among other things.

It follows that while the cost of war is borne most by the dead, any potential benefits must be shared disproportionately more by the survivors.

By a similar logic, I'd bet that the countries in question have a much higher mortality rate for young men from all causes, and that survivors into old age posses, disproportionately, social fitness. In other words the poor die young and the rich live longer. This may also be exacerbated when you look at certain small and exceptional countries, such as Brunei.

In any case, there is only so far clever juxtaposition of gross numbers can get you. To really understand data, you have to disaggregate it, which is probably not possible in the datasets they have. Overall male life expectancy is a better measure of male health, not the survival rates of those who have already reached advanced age. That's practically asking to have your data confounded.

Ridiculous (2, Insightful)

Aphoxema (1088507) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678413)

Correlation is not causation. There may just be something in common with longer lifespans and polygamy, like hormones, lifestyle, attitude... hundreds of things.

Re:Ridiculous (1)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678479)

Correlation is not causation. There may just be something in common with longer lifespans and polygamy, like hormones, lifestyle, attitude... hundreds of things.

"After accounting for socioeconomic differences..."

These studies always make me wonder what life would be like if I could publish such flimsy things in my field.

Re:Ridiculous (1)

Aphoxema (1088507) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678545)

What is your field?

Re:Ridiculous (1)

Number6.2 (71553) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679659)

push ups? squat thrusts?

Irony... (2, Funny)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678427)

Another reply here had a link to a study about how humans almost died out 70k years ago. Boring, but linked to THAT was a theory that the reason men generally live *shorter* lives than women was polygamy. According to the theory, having multiple reproductive partners (a harem) tends to produce larger, stronger, but more short lived males: since it takes a lot of strength to fend off the other males from taking your harem, but it happens eventually anyway, so why live a long life?

Combined with this study, one comes to the conclusion that studs outlive wimps, but women outlive them all.

Bitches.

Research suggests that spouses of Polygam.... (1)

janeuner (815461) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678465)

a. die young
b. eat more
c. go postal
d. All of the above

Wrong forum (4, Funny)

Joe Snipe (224958) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678467)

Since no one here has a even a girlfriend, I would say this is neither news for nerds or stuff that matters. :(

Re:Wrong forum (2, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678595)

I do too have a girlfriend, you insensitive clod!

She lives in Canada. You wouldn't know her.

Re:Wrong forum (2, Funny)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678783)

I do too have a girlfriend, you insensitive clod!

She lives in Canada. You wouldn't know her.

OK, on behalf of those of us who live in Canada and actually have girlfriends .... *phbtbtbbtbt*. :-P

Cheers

Science News of the Day (2, Funny)

PIPBoy3000 (619296) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678513)

I do a "science news of the day" at dinner with the wife and kids, picking out the best science news stories I read. Needless to say, this one just shot to the top of the list.

"But honey, it's for my health!"

Correlation is not Causation (1)

ninjapiratemonkey (968710) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678525)

Sure, the men in those countries lived longer, but the article made no mention of comparing the polygamous men to the monogamous ones (within a country). It just means that the genetics of the men in those countries have longer lifespans than monogamous countries.

Question (4, Funny)

Mr2cents (323101) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678535)

I have only one question: what is the list of polygamous nations?

Re:Question (2, Informative)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678761)

Well, technically speaking, you're allowed it in Islam if you can afford it. That adds about half the Middle East right there. I imagine Saudi Arabia and Iran are on that list...

Re:Question (5, Funny)

hypergreatthing (254983) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679185)

I have only one question: what is the list of polygamous nations?

And the follow up, are they looking for more engineers?

Re:Question (1)

OeLeWaPpErKe (412765) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679817)

In islam you're even allowed to fuck 6-year olds (provided you pay for them first).

Apparently there's this "prophet" guy who did it first, so they must all imitate him.

Apparently even your own daughter, when she's like a month old. But that's only in Iran (after all this ayatollah Khomeini, who obviously has nothing to do with religion, right ? did it. The girl you ask ? Still locked up in "psychological evaluation").

Too bad it's a social anachronism (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678651)

Polygamy only really can work in a patriarchal society. It was a very useful social construct in the pre-modern world before the population explosion, and since then only the wealthy (who were usually so through superior capacity, especially in the ancient world) could really afford a harem's worth of wives and concubines, it increased the genetic footprint of the most capable of human genes. It was almost a sort of early incidental eugenics. However, this also was only possible because until the modern era, women were in fact or in function, chattel. Given an equal choice in the matter, most women would be too jealous to share a man (just as most men would similarly be too jealous to share one woman).

This brings us to how potential health benefits could be accomplished today. The only real answer that mitigates the problem of human jealousy is polyamory. Polyamory is a grouping of men and women in an intimate long term relationship. I have no personal experience myself, but I would interested to see a study similar to this one done on polyamorous groups.

Re:Too bad it's a social anachronism (2, Interesting)

tnk1 (899206) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679349)

Given an equal choice in the matter, most women would be too jealous to share a man (just as most men would similarly be too jealous to share one woman).

On the other hand, I have heard the following saying:

"Most women would rather have one-tenth of a first-rate man than all of a second rate one."

Females tend to be very attuned to the capabilities of their mates, and let's be clear that while women may have been effectively chattel, you cannot have that situation without at least some (perhaps unconscious) complicity from them. Females certainly have their own will and if, as a group, they were resistant to sharing a male, you better believe that they could seriously curtail that practice over time, even if they lack external trappings of power.

I think the modern tendency for a woman to have only one man is not that women have been "freed" so much as many *men* today have the freedom to live their lives in such a way that they have opportunities themselves. There is significantly less warfare in developed countries and more education. That means that any given man can be a suitable candidate for any woman. Obviously, allowing women to have more choice in the matter is important in this trend, but there is nothing to say that a free woman wouldn't choose to be a co-wife, given a certain environment like that of less developed countries. The patriarchal details and terminology may change, but the reality may not.

Re:Too bad it's a social anachronism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24679373)

I'm pro-polyamory and recently out of a five year triangle which involved myself, my "girlfriend" and my closest male friend. I'll overview in a PG manner, the physical and emotional aspects.

Physically, it was a little lopsided, given that both of us males overwhelmingly preferred sexual contact with women. I think he and I were physically intimate in a one-on-one situation maybe three times over the course of the five years. We'd occasionally be involved the three of us also. Girl and guyfriend were with each other about as often as girl and I were. There weren't any particular jealousy issues, and we had a strict openness policy about what was going on.

Emotionally, however, it was probably by far the most rewarding relationship I've ever been involved in. Imagine how you feel when you're in a good relationship with one person, that sort of connection....now, multiply it again for each other person being added. We'd all three go out together frequently, somewhat less often we'd go out as some permutation of the couples.

The girl involved, who incidentally was the one who recruited me to the polyamory team in the first place, eventually decided that it wasn't for her. That's fine. We were pretty young when the thing started, now we're all mid-twenties. We went our own ways. Guyfriend and I are still very close, although since we're not in a relationship with each other and don't really want to be, its not quite the same as it was before. Girl and I don't much talk these days. All three of us are currently in monogamous relationships once again, my current girlfriend is a little more conservative and traditional than my previous so it might not evolve into a poly relationship again. Guyfriend's girl is similar. If both parties were amenable, I'd gladly enter into another poly relationship, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen.

If you've got the right set of people for it -- you need smart, open minded, dedicated, honest and caring people for it to work -- it's amazing. I don't expect to run across too many people with whom it'd work in the future, though.

Observer bias (1)

argStyopa (232550) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678665)

Maybe it just feels like much, much longer when you have more than one wife?

Confucius say (4, Funny)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678693)

Confucius say "Man who hosts two women under one roof sleep in doghouse."

Re:Confucius say (-1, Offtopic)

oyenstikker (536040) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678797)

Conservatism is an untested ideology which has joined communism as excuses to grab more power.

Re:Confucius say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24679127)

Confucius also say "Wife who put husband in doghouse often find him in cathouse."

widowhood shortens life expectancy (2, Interesting)

wherrera (235520) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678709)

The selection bias of polygamous men (mentioned already here) for richer and healthier persons over those who die younger likely explains the differences enough, but, in addition, it's long been known that widowers have a reduced lifespan. It's likely that the survival of the second wife protects against that reduction somewhat.

Correlation does not imply causation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24678717)

My experience is that polygamous men are more affluent, as they can afford to support more wives.

Affluent men live longer then poor men. No surprise there.

correlation is not causation. (3, Interesting)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678721)

I live in Southern Utah. I see polyg's ("puh-lig") every week at Walmart.

They live longer because they work hard, eat well, and don't watch much TV.

TV is the source of gov't manipulation, and by extension, satan. And while polyg's don't mind defrauding the welfare system and getting money FROM the gov't, they distance themselves thoroughly from gov't control.

They also have the most well-behaved kids you will EVER see in a Walmart. Make Hamish kids look like the Courtney Love.

Re:correlation is not causation. (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679445)

TV is the source of gov't manipulation, and by extension, satan

I think your tinfoil hat needs some adjustment.......

Re:correlation is not causation. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24679823)

I believe he was telling [what he perceived to be] their stance on TV, not his own.

I just asked my wife about this (5, Funny)

jandrese (485) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678807)

She guaranteed me that sleeping with other women would have the opposite effect on my longevity.

Multiple partners... (1)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678821)

Interestingly enough, it doesn't mean multiple partners in varying relationships. Also, keep in mind that the two primary religions which allow polygamy are also VERY morally strict - fundamental Mormonism and Islam.

It's not the number of women (2, Insightful)

MikeRT (947531) | more than 5 years ago | (#24678905)

It's the type of woman. These men aren't married to several typical American women. An American man with several wives would have a chorus of nagging behind his every move, and that's not counting the fun that happens when the wives decide to "gang divorce" him and go discover themselves.

Of course they do... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24678981)

Women are social creatures, when its just a single husband and wife sitting at home the wife needs someone to talk to about all the mundane or pointless things going on. (ie: gossip)

Most guys just learn to "block out the chatter", but it eventually wears on them and gets annoying.

Add another female to the household and instantly they bond with each other and have another person of the same sex to talk to pretty much 24/7. This can only be a benefit for everyone involved.

Not to mention but chances are the guy is having more sex, and I've seen several studies say that having more sex prolongs your life. (to a certain point anyways)

Not having to listen to as much annoying gossip and having more sex, thats pretty much a dream come true, who wouldn't want to live longer? :)

i'm outraged! (4, Funny)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679043)

Why was I not invited to participate in this study? No matter which test group you are assigned to, you end up getting tail. I happen to be a strong proponent of getting tail.

All I can say is... (3, Interesting)

Mistshadow2k4 (748958) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679069)

....that if my husband tries to have another wife he most certainly will not live longer. He might very well not live to see another sunrise. Now, when is the study starting to see how long women with multiple male partners live?

And what about the women? (5, Insightful)

VoidCrow (836595) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679143)

Getting a decent shag out of a man is hard enough without having to share him with other women.

Frist s7op (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24679277)

I'm surprised no one brought up Ernest Borgnine... (1)

moronikos (595352) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679307)

... and his recent appearance on Fox News. It should comfort any nerds worried about an early grave. Link. [youtube.com]

Makes sense... (1)

budhaboy (717823) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679441)

If some men are getting more than 1 wife, that would mean that more men are getting no wives. This group is more than making up for the higher force of death amongst those that are married.

The Three Rings of Marriage... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24679465)

1. Engagement Ring

2. Wedding Ring

3. Suffering

This is Great!! (1)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679505)

Now I can get a perscription from my doctor to have more that one wife. I wonder if my medical plan will cover it?

Even the ones in prison for child rape? (1)

agent (7471) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679507)

Can I get a polygamist burger? - Paulie Shore

Maybe I've been reading it all wrong (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679689)

When someone is said to be leading a "double life" I assumed it meant they are doing more than most people might ordinarily do in an ordinary life. So now "two-timing" means I can extend my life or is it simply a more busy life doing twice as much in the same amount of time?

How long to the *women* live? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24679713)

I would like to see the flip side of it.

I'll tell you what I'd do with a million dollars.. (1)

potscott (539666) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679781)

...two wives at the same time!

Obligatory Groucho Marx quote (1)

J.R. Random (801334) | more than 5 years ago | (#24679785)

"A man's only as old as the woman he feels."

A Study in Data Massaging (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24679793)

"After accounting for socioeconomic differences"

        Translation, the study handicapped the polygamists

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