I would argue the problem with statistics is that they count the number of marriages and divorces. They don't count how many of those are by the same person, my father's cousin has been married 9 times, it could be up to 10 now.
I know many successful marriages, far more than I know failed marriages, and we're talking 10-year+ marriages, not day-old ones. Could they fail? Sure, but a 10 year marriage is IMO, pretty successful, and people change over time.
I would say that marriage is a good thing most of the time.
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