30 Things You Didn’t Know About Love And Marriageby Lauren Passell on July 23, 2012
Take out your three-ringed notebooks and a number 2 pencil, kids — Business Insider’s 30 Interesting Facts About Marriage And Love are very insightful, and completely pulled from scientific fact.
*You should find someone who you idealize and who idealizes you. If you’re already on the edge about the person on your wedding day, before you start your lives together, you’re in trouble.
*You should marry someone with high self-esteem. Ladies usually have this one nailed, but guys have to work on it.
*The value of an engagement ring is indicative of a couple’s happiness. The researchers for this one also found that the younger the bride, the larger the expenditure, saying that the amount spent on an engagement ring is linked to the mating “quality” of each of the two partners.
*Marriage can make you fat. One study found that women who lived with a partner for at least a year were more likely to be obese. For men, the chances of becoming obses doubled after a year of living together. They were found to be less active than couples who were dating.
*There might be a divorce gene. Scientists compared genes of a certain area in men’s brains on the Partner Bonding Scale, which measures someone’s attachment to their partner.
*Facebook users who are “in a relationship” are happier than single Facebook users. One study found that people who do not disclose their relationship status are about 50% more negative than everyone else.
*Ex-lovers can be friends. Researchers found that relationships that stop meeting the romantic needs of the individuals in the relationship change their thinking in regards to the other person, and are able to consider them a friend.
*A married man is about as likely to cheat on his wife as he is to experience a flight delay. Wow.
Read the piece on BI for more facts and full explanations — it’s really eye-opening and will make you go “WHAAAAAAAAAAAA?”