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Contrary to the popular Marilyn Monroe film “The Seven Year Itch,” the most ominous milestone for marriages is between the 10- and 15-year mark, according to a new study from Brigham Young University, evaluated by the Daily Mail.
More than 2,500 women were asked how happy they were in their marriage as well as how often they talked and laughed with their husbands from their wedding day until 35 years after tying the knot.
The women, who were born the late 1950s and early 1960s, and mainly got married when in their mid-20s, were also quizzed about how often they argued about everything from the sharing of chores and childcare to money, drinking and other women.
A majority of the women said happiness and communication began to deteriorate from day one and did not improve, culminating in the highest level of tension around years 10-15. Once couples successfully surpassed that point, their relationships began to improve.
Issues surrounding childcare, chores and money were among the most contentious topics. Couples who lived together before marriage and lived on low salaries were more likely to argue.
The study concluded that society’s perception of marriage may be changing.
“Marriage may become an increasingly unsatisfactory arrangement, particularly if individual fulfillment continues as the primary reason for getting and staying married.”
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