The XX Factor

Is Opportunity Making Us Miserable?

There’s been a lot of buzz around a recent study that shows that women today are less happy than they were 35 years ago -regardless of marital or employment status or whether they have little kids. Although in the past women reported being happier than men, now men may be happier than women.

When I asked my friends to speculate on this finding, their answers reveal a lot about their view of the female condition. On one end: “It’s because women have so many more opportunities. Choice is exciting, but it can make you anxious. It’s worth that price.” On the other end: “We expect ourselves to be super-women who can pursue a high-stress career while not cutting corners at home-and still go to the gym every day. No wonder women are unhappy.”

I fall into the “choice is worth it” camp. What do you think?