Monogamy, explained


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In 2016, more than 2.2 million couples got married in America, but more than 800,000 got divorced. Cheating and breakups cause grief and heartache every day. Yet some historians and evolutionary biologists say monogamy is a relatively new, self-imposed system. Their evidence suggests humans lived without it for more than 250,000 years. And we only started marrying for love in the 1700s.

So if monogamy is so hard, why do most of us, all around the world, make it a central goal of our lives?

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26 thoughts on “Monogamy, explained

  1. Here's Episode 1 of our new show on Netflix, called "Explained." Episodes 2 & 3 are at right now, and we're releasing new episodes every Wednesday.

    Thanks for watching and supporting us over the years, we love making videos for all of you!

  2. props to the men (and the woman in red) for sticking to the rule of taking it to the grave (including the old guy) 😛

  3. This is basically Bonobos vs Chimps. I wander if there is evolutionary divergence between different groups of monogomous and polygomous tribes. Since chimps and bonobos diverged. Maybe humans did to in biology. Or how much is learnt behaviour or biological

  4. I think as though it not the flaws monogamy, but the many defenses for polygamy in the vid (and other factors ofc) which lled to that 800,000 divorces the US.

  5. Am I the only one who doesn’t find it hard to be monogamous? I literally have no desire for anyone but my girlfriend

  6. What would have happened if we never had came up with Monogamy in the first place? How the World would have looked like ?

  7. I could not bear polygamy. Sorry. I am a 'whole' person (with many flaws) so I just want one another person to accompany me. Or I can stay single with self-love.

  8. I don’t know how I evolved but I’m definitely monogamous. I was never even slightly interested in multiple partners even when I was encouraged to do so. I personally believe that some people evolved to be more monogamous than others.

  9. Yo I really wanna know what piece was playing in the background. That classical string quartet was dope. Anyone know it? Around 13:10

  10. There is nothing unnormal with me after all 🙂 I'm just being human and I like fruit salad a lot hihi this my study topic for the next month thanks for sharing

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