I was recently traveling in the Highlands of New Guinea, and I was talking with a man who had three wives.
I asked him, "How many wives would you like to have? " And he leaned towards me and he whispered, "None." Eighty-six percent of human societies permit a man to have several wives: polygyny.
Yes there is much heartbreak in the search for love, but the end result far outshines whatever could give anyone.
I've looked at adultery in 42 cultures, I understand, actually, some of the genetics of it, and some of the brain circuitry of it. And together, these three brain systems — with many other parts of the brain — orchestrate our sexual, our romantic and our family lives.Of those who have met a partner online, the majority met on social media sites, and the bulk of them met on Facebook.While most teen romantic relationships do not start online, technology is a major vehicle for flirting and expressing interest in a potential partner." And there was this long pause, and I thought to myself, "Is he going to say five? But in the vast majority of these cultures, only about five or ten percent of men actually do have several wives. In fact, co-wives can fight with each other, sometimes they can even poison each other's children.And you've got to have a lot of cows, a lot of goats, a lot of money, a lot of land, in order to build a harem. Ninety-seven percent of mammals do not pair up to rear their young; human beings do.
This study reveals that the digital realm is one part of a broader universe in which teens meet, date and break up with romantic partners.