08/14/2013 10:53 am ET

Love Is A Luxury Not Everyone Can Afford

It's a well-documented fact that love don't cost a thing; however, the environment necessary for love to take root in one's heart and flourish is really expensive — both in terms of time and money. Love is like an elusive street cat that wanders haphazardly into your home but will refuse to linger if you don't feed it organic grapes and rub its belly four hours a day.

Sarah Corse, an associate professor of sociology at U.Va.'s College of Arts & Sciences, has authored a paper titled "Intimate Inequalities: Love and Work in a Post-Industrial Landscape" on the subject. According to Corse:

Working-class people with insecure work and few resources, little stability, and no ability to plan for a foreseeable future become concerned with their own survival and often become unable to imagine being able to provide materially and emotionally for others. Insecure work changes peoples' non-work lives.

The study surveyed over 300 working- and middle-class men and women across the U.S. and found that the decline of stable, unionized full-time jobs with health insurance and pensions had rendered working-class Americans far less likely to get married, stay married, and have children than those with college degrees. Increasingly, marriage is becoming the province of the wealthy.

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