Thursday, July 10, 2008

Five-year itch: new danger point for marriages - Science, News - The Independent

I came across an article on the new "seven year itch" or the point at which many marriages start having problems. According the the article, it is now down to five years. From the article: Five-year itch: new danger point for marriages - Science, News - The Independent: "Scientists have discovered that couples begin to grow fed up with each other after just four years and are at peak risk of divorce just before their fifth anniversary. Researchers in the US, Russia and Scandinavia investigating the longevity of relationships found that the 'honeymoon period' lasts for less than five years, with most divorces likely to happen between five and 10 years into the marriage. If couples get through this patch, then the chances are they'll stay together indefinitely."

The article doesn't really give any reasons for these findings, just some speculations that the cost of divorce and maturity might keep couples together.

It would be interesting to see the results of a study comparing people who take an active role in keeping the marriage fun with those who allow themselves to become complacent. Marriage can be compared to a fire, if you stop putting wood on the fire, it is going to go out.

What are some of the things you and your sweetheart are doing to keep the marriage fresh and fun?
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