Couples who date for 3 years or more have better chances of staying together and a more stable marriage.
The findings mimic those of a 2006 study which found that couples who have dated less than 6 months before marriage had the highest divorce rate.
The data scientist Randal Olson recently visualized some of the findings from a paper by Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon, two researchers at Emory University who studied 3,000 married couples in the U. Their findings offer some take-aways for couples who want to minimize their chances of divorce: You should date for three years before popping the question. Similarly, a well-attended ceremony might be a proxy for a large family that pressures and/or supports the couple and helps them stay together.
A strong marriage, in other words, is an intentional one.
The study states that couples who spend ,000 or more on their wedding are 46 percent more likely to get a divorce.
Using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79)—a survey of people born during the 1957–1964 period—this study examines the marriage and divorce patterns for a cohort of young baby boomers up to age 46.Whatever the case, Francis and Mialon conclude that "our findings provide little evidence to support the validity of the wedding industry’s general message that connects expensive weddings with positive marital outcomes." The average wedding now costs about ,000, however, so this does not bode well.Now, feel free to navigate to the upper left-hand corner of this page, click on the "print" button, and lay this article before the mascara-streaked face of the nearest Bridezilla.The lead author, John Cacioppo, says about the results, “It is possible that individuals who met their spouse online may be different in personality, motivation to form a long-term marital relationship, or some other factor,” so there may be more here than meets the eye.One rather large caveat with this study is that it was funded by none other than online dating site e Harmony, so I can’t say whether or not any bias on that site’s part was introduced, but I’m guessing it wasn’t ignored, either.Couples that went to religious services and those that went away on a honeymoon had lower chances of divorcing.According to the findings, couples who went on a honeymoon were 41 percent less likely to divorce, while those who never attend church are twice as likely to divorce.And the survery concludes the same for engagement rings: "Spending between ,000 and ,000 on an engagement ring is associated with a 1.3 times greater hazard of divorce as compared to spending between 0 and ,000." The study found that when the couple has over 200 guests at their wedding, their chances of divorce decrease by 92 percent."Clearly, this shows us that having a large group of family and friends who support the marriage is critically important to long-term marital stability," said Olson.But the other findings, like the fact that expensive rings and ceremonies don't yield happier unions, are more surprising.Perhaps ill-matched couples use giant diamonds or flashy weddings to cover up the cracks in their emotional foundations.