45 Facts About Relationships You Didn’t Know
Think you know all there is to know about relationships? Think again! There’s so much that has yet to be discovered surrounding the intricacies of relationships. We’ve compiled 45 fact about relationships that you didn’t know! Sit back and enjoy!
The Online Dating Industry Makes Bank
Relationships can be pretty mysterious. But once you get the facts straight, they’ll start to make sense. Here are some facts you never thought you could ever know about relationships.
The online dating industry is a billion dollar industry. Yup, that’s billion with a “B”! The industry pulls in about $1.8 billion per year, and yet, they somehow can’t pull in your soulmate….
A study at the University of Pennsylvania revealed that speed daters were able to size up their dates within the first three seconds of meeting them. There might be no such thing as “love at first sight” but there’s definitely “deciding if someone is attractive or not at first sight!”
Speed Dating Invented by a Rabbi
Speed dating was invented by a rabbi in Los Angeles in 1999. The dating movement was inspired by Jewish tradition in which young Jewish singles attend chaperones gatherings. So if you meet your spouse through speed dating, you know that it’s truly blessed.
Men and Women Fall in Love at Different Rates
Men tend to fall in love faster than women, and can tell when they’ve got it bad for someone three dates in. Women take longer, and start to get that special feeling 14 dates in. Good thing it’s not a race!
Only You and Me
The normal amount of time it takes for a couple to be willing to become exclusive is six to eight dates. Because when you know, you know!
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
The average lifespan of a relationship is three to five months. If you don’t break up after six months, you’re pretty much in it for life! Right?
Half of Americans Are Married
In 2016, half of all Americans were married. The amount of married Americans is down by 9% from the last century, but it’s pretty much been remaining stable. There really is someone for everyone (or at least half of everyone)!
All the Single Ladies
There are about 95.9 million single people living in the U.S. 53% of single Americans are women, and 47% of single Americans are men. If you feel like you’re the only person in the world who’s single, you’re not alone!
Top Singles States
If you’re looking for love, you might want to pack your bags and head to New York or Washington. Those two states had the highest amount of single people, according to the 2009 census. But if you’re married, you might fit in in Idaho or Utah, as those two states reported the highest number of married people.
Couples Go out as Much as Their Single Counterparts
If you think that being in a relationship is the end of your social life, think again! 46% of people in relationships reported going out one to three times a week, compared to 52% of single people. Who says single people have all the fun?
Long-Distance Relationships Foster Deep Bonds
Couples in long-distance relationships are more likely to bond at a deeper level than those couples with a local partner, at least according to a study conducted at Cornell University. At least the pain of not being able to see the other person whenever you want is good for something!
40% of Office Romances End in...?
If you’re looking for love at work, you might be looking in the right place. Four out of 10 office romances end in marriage. The other six out of ten end in awkward water cooler run-ins.
A study found that couples usually exchange keys 12 to 14 dates into a relationship. Because at that point, it’s fairly safe to say they’re not going to barge in and eat all your food when you’re at work!
If someone says, “I need my space,” it’s more likely to be the woman. 93% of women said that their personal space was important, compared to 81% of men. [Managing Editor’s note: Then what the hell are man caves for?!]
Couples with Similar Sleeping Habits Are Happier
According to a study conducted by the University of Arizona, couples who are on the same or similar sleep schedules are happier in their relationships. That’s just what happens when you’re able to get your beauty sleep!
Couples Who Snuggle up Are Happier
According to a study conducted by the University of Hertfordshire, 94% of couples who cuddled at night were happy with their relationships. The other 6% must have complained about being “too hot” while cuddling!
Similar Spending Could Mean More Happiness
Most couples fight over money, but a survey done at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business found that when two people have similar spending habits, they’re less likely to fight over money and more likely to be happy. Conversely, those with different spending habits were more likely to fight and more likely to be miserable in their relationships. Money: can’t live with it, can’t live without it!
Bigger Isn't Always Better
It’s really the thought that counts! A study of over 4,000 people found that smaller acts of kindness were preferred over grand romantic gestures. Who knew that taking out the trash when your spouse asked you to was romantic?
There Is an Increase in Cohabiting Couples
In 2016, about 18 million American couples were shacking up. The number is up by 29% from 2007, meaning more and more Americans think living in sin isn’t actually that sinful!
Cohabiting Couples Are Just as Happy as Married Couples
A study found that long-term couples who shared the same roof without a marriage certificate were just as happy as those long-term couples who made it legal. In other words, you don’t need a piece of paper to make your relationship legit. All you need is love.
The Longer You Date Someone, the More Likely You Are to Stay Married to Them
A study conducted at Emory University found that the couples who dated for longer periods of time before getting hitched had a greater chance of staying married. Finally a reason to keep delaying the wedding!
The Amount of Money You Spend on Your Wedding Is Inversely Proportional to How Long You Stay Married
A study revealed that in 30% of surveyed couples, those who spent less on their weddings were actually more likely to stay together. So if you skimp on the wedding, you’re not being cheap. You’re just investing in a happier marriage!
Married People Are Happier Than Single People
A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research in Canada found that married people were consistently happier than singletons. Researchers found that having a partner to lean on made for happy living. Money can’t buy you happiness, but marriage can!
Couples Are Happier After They've Been Married a Year
Looks like there’s new meaning to the phrase, “Give it a year.” Research conducted at Deakin University in Australia found that couples were actually happier after they’ve been married for one full year.
Couples Who Split Chores Are Happier
A clean house is a happy house, according to information from a Pew Research Poll. Couples who split the housework evenly were more likely to report that they were happier in their relationships.
Couples Who Share Chores Have More Sex
If sharing chores makes you happier in your relationship, it might actually be because you’re having more sex. A study at the University of Alberta found that couples who split household tasks had better, more frequent sex. Of course, you can always turn cleaning the house into a sex thing, too, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Couples Who Celebrate Good News Have Better Relationships
Multiple studies have shown that couples who celebrate their victories have happier relationships, as opposed to those who dismissed or ignored good news. Talk about toasting to your health!
Best Friends Who Get Married Have Happier Relationships
A 2014 study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research in Canada found that those couples who said they were married to their best friend were happier. Wonder what was reported from the people who said they felt like they were married to their sibling?
Couples Who Don't Have Kids Are Happier Than Couples Who Do
You may call your child your “little blessing,” but it’s anything but a blessing to your relationship. A study conducted at England’s Open University discovered that couples who don’t have children have happier relationships than those who do.
Social Media Can Negatively Impact Your Relationship
As if you need another reason to put your phone down, it turns out the technology we use to connect us can actually disconnect you from your partner. A study conducted at Bringham Young University discovered that couples who used text messages to resolve arguments had a lower quality relationship. No word on how playing too much Farmville affects your relationship, though!
Your Physical Fitness Impacts Your Relationship
Believe it or not, your physical health can play a part in how your partner feels about you. A 10 year survey found that, when one partner wasn’t in good physical shape, pressure was put on the relationship. Hitting the gym strengthens the health of your body and your relationship!
Men Who Are Approaching a Milestone Birthday Are More Likely to Cheat
There might be something to the “midlife” crisis after all! A study following the activity of men looking to cheat via Ashley Madison found that guys were more likely to cheat if their age ended in the number nine (like 49). Ladies, lock up your husbands until they turn 50!
People Who Financially Dependent on Their Spouses Are More Likely to Cheat
A study found that people who are financially supported by their spouse are more likely to cheat on that spouse — among both women and men. So it looks like if you’re the one who’s bringing home the bacon, your partner might end up sharing it with someone else! Ouch!
Men and Women Are Upset by Different Types of Infidelity
A 2013 study revealed that straight men were more likely to be upset if their partner was sleeping with someone else, even if their wife or girlfriend didn’t fall in love with the other person. Straight women, however, were more likely to be upset if their partner fell in love with someone else, even if he wasn’t sleeping with that person. You know what they say – men are from Mars, women are from Venus, and neither can agree on what constitutes cheating!
Tiger Woods' Affair Caused a Decline in Cheating
After Tiger Woods’ affair hit the presses, activity of married men looking to have an affair on BeNaughty.com dropped by a whopping 47.5%! Also, the amount of men hiding their golf clubs rose drastically, too.
The Younger Generation Is Less Likely to Be Unfaithful
Americans over the age of 55 are actually more likely to cheat than Americans under the age of 55, which is the exact opposite of what was true in 2000 and before. The younger generation really ruins everything, including infidelity rates!
Contemptuous Behavior Is a Huge Predictor of Divorce
The number one sign of a future divorce is… contemptuous behavior! Eye-rolling, name-calling and sarcasm are the top predictors that a couple is going to call it quits. But we thought eye-rolling was supposed to be romantic, no?
Financial Arguments Early on Can Predict Divorce
Another predictor of divorce is if a couple has an argument over money issues early on in their relationship, per Kansas State University. You know what they say: more money, more problems!
You're More Likely to Get Divorced If You Have Divorced Friends
Research found that couples who had a divorced friend or relative were 75% more likely to get divorced themselves. So it turns out that divorce is contagious after all! Is there a vaccine for that?
You're More Likely to Get Divorced If Only One Person in the Relationship Drinks
According to research conducted at the University of Buffalo, relationships in which only one partner drinks heavily are 50% more likely to end in divorce. Couples tend to be happier if both partners drink the same amounts or if they’re both dry. Remember, it’s a-okay if you drink like a fish, just as long as your partner does too!
Couples Who Are Close in Age Are Less Likely to Get Divorced
Bad news, cradle robbers! A study conducted by Emory University discovered that couples with a five year age gap had an 18% increase in their likeliness of getting divorced. Couples who had an age gap of 10 years were 39% more likely to get divorced.
Romantic Movies Can Improve Your Relationship
Studies have shown that watching a chick flick with your partner can help you reconnect if you feel like you’re moving away from each other. However, it only works if you discuss the movie with your partner afterwards. Just don’t mention how attractive you think the leads are!
Couples Start to Look Alike After a While
The couple that stays together… resemble each other together? Two people who have been together for over 25 years will start to look like each other, oddly enough. We’re just wondering how long you have to be with someone before you get mistaken for twins!
Married Men Are Healthier Than Their Non-Married Counterparts
A survey revealed that out of the 127,545 American men asked, those who were currently married were healthier than their widowed, divorced and bachelor counterparts. Your marriage is giving you life… literally.
Married Men and Women Have a Lower Risk of Heart Disease
Your spouse holds your heart in more ways than one. According to a study conducted at New York University’s Lagone Medical Center, both married men and women have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Single folks are 5% more likely to have heart disease, and we’re not talking of the heartbreak kind!