Following the rather dry previous post, today I came across some rather interesting and sometimes unusual facts on the state of modern marriage in The Huffington Post. The pick of the bunch are below:

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Recent Wedding Statistics
  • Young people nowadays have a very positive view on marriage and the vast majority expect their marriages will last a lifetime.
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2 hearts – unusual marriage facts
  • Contrary to the popularly idea of a “honeymoon phase”, modern couples actually feel happier a year or more after the wedding.
  • Short-term, angry “discussions” can often be beneficial to a marriage, suggesting that an argument can help clear the air instead of issues being bottled up by both parties.
  • Married couples are healthier and live longer than singletons, with significantly lower levels of stress, cancer, heart disease and depression.
  • However, on the other hand, co-habiting couples generally seem to experience greater happiness and higher self esteem.
  • Interracial marriage is far more widely accepted than it was, even just a few years ago.
  • Unusually, married women drink more than single women. Whereas single men drink more than married men…
  • And somewhat bizarrely, if a husband feels he has a strong relationship with his wife’s parents, they are 20% less likely to divorce. Whereas is a wife feels she has a strong relationship with her husband’s parents, the marriage is 20% more likely to break up
  • And finally, online gaming can hurt your marriage, unless its done together!