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Tuesday 22 August 2017

One plus one? It adds up to a life that's no longer right for all

Not everyone wants to spend 70 years with one person. We should look again at non-monogamy, writes Ciara O'Connor

Not the one and only: Monogamy doesn’t suit everyone nowadays and some couples prefer open relationships. Picture posed by models
Not the one and only: Monogamy doesn’t suit everyone nowadays and some couples prefer open relationships. Picture posed by models

Ciara O'Connor

Not so long ago, marriage meant sticking with someone for a few decades before gracefully slipping off your mortal coil at retirement age. But in the not too distant future, an ageing expert has warned, we'll be looking at life expectancies of 120 and 130.

At the Hay Festival last week, Sarah Harper, head of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, warned that it might be time to rethink marriage as we know it.

She pointed out that much longer lives mean much, much longer marriages.

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