Today’s Headlines: Divorce, Facebook and Breastfeeding

Growing up with more siblings could reduce divorce risk: Growing up in a big family may keep your marriage going. A new study says that “people with more brothers and sisters are less likely to divorce than only children or those with one or two siblings.” The chance of divorce drops by 2% for every additional brother or sister you have, up to seven. The authors proposed that “siblings further the development of social skills useful in navigating marriage.” (USA Today)

Facebook use “makes people feel worse about themselves”: Feeling blue? You might want to log out of Facebook. A new study has found that “using Facebook can reduce young adults’ sense of well-being and satisfaction with life.” The more the study’s participants used Facebook, the worse they felt. This effect could be “a side effect of seeing friends and family sitting on beaches or having fun at parties while you are on a computer.” This study joins a “growing body of research saying Facebook can have negative psychological consequences.” (BBC News)

Breastfeeding for six months can delay breast cancer onset by a decade: Happy National Breastfeeding Month! A new study says that “breastfeeding is so protective against breast cancer that it can delay the onset of the disease by 10 years.” However, this effect was only seen for nonsmoking women who breastfed for over six months. According to the study’s authors, “breastfeeding reduces a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 4.3% for each year she does so.” (The Guardian)