Study: Marriages Wear Out After Four Years

If a new research is to be believed, the adage — and they lived happily ever after — may not be true. Married bliss lasts only for about four years for most women, says a new study.

A team of researchers at the Princeton University has found that beyond a period of four years, the benefits of marriage are often outweighed by having less time to see friends and a larger household workload.
“People have very high expectations, and marriage does not necessarily live up to them,” lead researcher Daniel Kahneman was quoted by British newspaper the Daily Telegraph as saying.

On the contrary, according to him, those who stay single are more likely to feel lonely and have less sex, they have greater freedom, more time to socialise and fewer chores. Kahneman’s findings, presented at the recent British Psychological Society Conference in Dublin, are based on a study of more than 10,000 women, known as the German Socio-Economic Panel. The latest study came just days after a research by an American team revealed that wedded bliss is linked to lower blood pressure in couples.

The US study, published in the Annals of Behavioural Medicine, sampled 303 healthy men and women, and 204 married and 99 singletons. It found that married people had larger dips in blood pressure during sleep than others.

“People whose blood pressure does not dip during sleep are at higher risk for cardio-vascular disease,” the study’s lead author Julianne Holt-Lunstad of Brigham Young University had said.

It seems now one doesn’t have to wait for the seventh year for “the itch” to begin. With the spark extinguishing in the fourth year, the inclination to become unfaithful could start pretty soon.

Via The Times