Can statistics predict relationship success?
No one can, with certainty, predict the success of any relationship. There are too many changing variables to do so. However, researchers have looked for factors that might indicate whether a relationship will be successful or not. Here are some findings you might not have expected.
- Researchers at Emory University found that the more money a couple spent on the engagement ring, the more likely they were to later divorce. Specifically, spending between $2,000-4,000 on the engagement ring was correlated with breaking up.
- The longer a couple dates before marriage, the more likely they are to stay together. Dating for 3 years before getting married leads to a 39% reduction in the likelihood that you will get divorced.
- Economic stability is also associated with marriage longevity. Couples who make a combined $125,000 or more per year are almost 50% less likely to get divorced.
- Superficial and materialistic motivations for marriage are correlated with a higher divorce risk as well. Men who reported a motivating factor in their commitment to their wives was attractiveness were 50% more likely to later divorce. Women were 60% more likely to divorce when they reported a motivating factor in their commitment was their partner’s wealth.
- Finally, couples who went a honeymoon, compared to couples who did not go on a honeymoon, were 41% less likely to divorce.
For more on these statistics and where they came from, check out this article in the Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/10/the-divorce-proof-marriage/381401/
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