Life expectancy affects major decisions

The major decisions people make throughout their life could be affected by how long they expect to live. A new study from Queen's University found matters relating to marriage, divorce, parenthood and abortion might all be subconsciously impacted in this regard.

According to the investigation, people are likely to invest more in education if they believe they will be around for many years to come, while others might choose to wed and have children at an earlier stage should they predict a shorter life span.

Moreover, the findings - which have been published online by the Archives of Sexual Behaviour - suggested couples forecasting an earlier death may be more inclined to try and make the relationship work rather than seek a divorce.

Daniel Krupp, Post Doctoral Fellow in the mathematics department at Queens - which is located in Canada and was established in 1841 - stated: "Life expectancy might be driving all of these major decisions."

Anita Abrams, Chartered Psychologist, commented: "It is hard to disagree with Dr Johnson's view that awareness of impending mortality tends to concentrate the mind wonderfully.

"Some of us will defiantly live in the present and gather rosebuds while we may - and know very well why we do so.

"Not all of us, however, will respond prudently. Not all of us will be conscious of what drives our decision-making.

"Perhaps those older men, who start a new family with a younger (second) wife, do so to defy mortality by repeating their youth."

hi,
I personally agree with all said above and want to add something more.
Major or minor all kinds of decisions are basically originated by concepts/beliefs buried in our brains consciously or unconsciously. Those concepts/beliefs could be any thing from a trivial statement, a religious thing, quotation, custom, cultural phenomenon, to a state of mind or a momentary feeling. Our major decisions in life ban be caused by any concept of us that empower us to take that decision at that particular time. The concept of life expectancy can be judged the other way round. People can spend more on education, marriages etc if they think they have to enjoy all in the shortest possible time! Although these statistics need to be researched again thoroughly in the light of beliefs. Here it will be important to see the bias element. People expecting to live more may not be admitting it consciously and people expecting to live short may be boosting. People may also have some cultural preferences to say something that they think is better than other. Anyhow, here question arises what should be thought? long life or short life expectancy? and why?
My view point is that short live expectancy is better than long because it will save us from several types of crimes and lusts. Does it really matter to decide something, pl comment further. thanks.

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