The honeymoon period is officially over two years, six months and 25 days into wedlock, according to new research.You have been warned.
This is the point in the average marriage where both partners take each other, and their relationship, completely for granted.
After the second wedding anniversary couples are far more likely to scatter socks and pants around the house, leave the toilet seat up, hog the remote control and go without make-up.
And by the third wedding anniversary 83 per cent say they couldn't be bothered to continue celebrating the day they got together.
The poll of 5,000 married couples, conducted by global research company onepoll.com, revealed that more than half feel undervalued in their relationship.
Seven in 10 men admit they are so comfortable with their spouse they frequently leave socks, pants and other dirty washing lying around the house.
And 79 per cent think nothing of leaving the toilet seat up after using the bathroom.
Two-thirds of women polled say they never make the effort to dress up and look nice for their partner, and 54 per cent no longer bother plastering on the make-up.
In fact, a slovenly 61 per cent of women readily admit the first thing they do when they get home from work is remove all smart clothes and make-up for comfy pyjamas or tracksuit bottoms.
And 75 per cent of couples wouldn't relinquish control of the TV remote, even if their partner asked nicely.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Two years, and then romance is dead
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