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20 Weird and Wild Facts About Marriage

Brace yourselves. You’re in for the ride of your lives.

Sometimes, when trying to navigate the often rough waters of marriage, I get lost in the storm of everything I think it’s supposed to be.

And just what do I think marriage is supposed to be? I don’t know. It’s probably a culmination of reading too many novels and sugar-coated blogs, watching too many romantic comedies or movies like The Notebook that, in my humble opinion, do a huge disservice to those of us just trying to deal with globs of toothpaste and beard whiskers in the sink and still feel that old black magic old blue eyes is famous for crooning about, you know?

Don’t get me wrong, I love a love story as much as the next gal, but sometimes it seems like they’re just setting us up for disappointment.

When relationship braggarts and one too many rom-com viewings have got me feeling bad about my own union I turn to cold, hard facts for the shot in the arm I need to keep the S.S. Matrimony afloat.

Thanks to the good people over at randomhistory.org there are a boatload of fascinating facts about marriage, and I decided to share a few of them with you in the hope that if you’ve got a hole in your boat you can plug it with the solace that you probably aren’t alone. That not everyone is rolling around on a sandy beach somewhere making passionate love as ocean waves lick their sweaty skins. That most of us are tired as hell and barely have time to roll over once a week for a little nookie.



  • 4 Minutes A Day 1 of 20
    4 Minutes A Day
    Due to jobs, kids, TV, the Internet, hobbies, and home and family responsibilities, the average married couple spends just four minutes a day alone together.
    Source: 7 Stages of Marriage
    Photo Credit: Flickr.com
  • Odds Are Against You If You Married After An Affair With Each Other 2 of 20
    Odds Are Against You If You Married After An Affair With Each Other
    Over 75% of people who marry partners from an affair eventually divorce.
    Source: Sexual Detours: Infidelity and Intimacy at the Crossroads
    Photo Credit: Twitter.com/LeannRimes
  • I Blame AshleyMadison.com 3 of 20
    I Blame AshleyMadison.com
    Nearly 60% of married adults have had at least one affair.
    Source: The 7 Stages of Marriage
    Photo Credit: telegraph.co.uk
  • Marrying Young Ends In Divorce More Often 4 of 20
    Marrying Young Ends In Divorce More Often
    Marrying younger than age 25 dramatically raises the divorce risk. Also, the divorce risk is higher when the woman is much older than the man, though the reverse isn't as a strong factor.
    Source: CBSnews.com
    Photo Credit: thesmartlychicago.com
  • The Average Age of Marriage Is… 5 of 20
    The Average Age of Marriage Is...
    In three states—Arkansas, Utah, and Oklahoma—women tend to marry younger, at an average age of 24. Men's average age is 26. In the northeastern states of New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, men and women wait about four years longer to marry. The U.S. average age for women is 25.6 and for men, 27.7.
    Source: CNN.com
    Photo Credit: treadinggrain.com
  • Kids = Unhappy, Longer Marriages 6 of 20
    Kids = Unhappy, Longer Marriages
    While couples with children are less likely to divorce than childless couples, the arrival of a new baby is more likely to bring more stress and emotional distance than new happiness. Nearly 90% of couples experienced decrease in martial satisfaction after the birth of their first child.
    Source: CBSnews.com
    Photo Credit: Wrightwords.com
  • Make It Past 7 Years And The Odds Are With You 7 of 20
    Make It Past 7 Years And The Odds Are With You
    Half of all divorces occur in the first seven years of marriage.
    Source: CBSnews.com
    Photo Credit: colo-divorce.com
  • How Often Do You Do IT? 8 of 20
    How Often Do You Do IT?
    The average married couple has sex 58 times per year, or slightly more than once a week.
    Source: The 7 Stages of Marriage
    Photo Credit: TorontoSun.com
  • Low Libido? You Aren’t Alone 9 of 20
    Low Libido? You Aren't Alone
    Just two years after marriage, an estimated 20% of couples make love fewer than 10 times in a year.
    Source: The 7 Stages of Marriage
    Photo Credit: mundarosa.com
  • Low Sex or No Sex 10 of 20
    Low Sex or No Sex
    One in three American marriages is "low sex" or "no sex."
    Source: The 7 Stages of Marriage
    Photo Credit: sheknows.com
  • The Importance of Doing IT 11 of 20
    The Importance of Doing IT
    No sex in a marriage has a much more powerful negative impact on a marriage than good sex has a positive impact.
    Source: 10 Lessons To Transform Your Marriage
    Photo Credit: Wordsthatwork.TV
  • Chances Are, She’s Thought About Leaving 12 of 20
    Chances Are, She's Thought About Leaving
    A New Woman's Day and AOL Living poll found that 72% of women surveyed have considered leaving their husbands at some point.
    Source: The 7 Stages of Marriage
    Photo Credit: allboutyou.com
  • Watch Your Waistline! 13 of 20
    Watch Your Waistline!
    Married couples tend to have fatter waistlines, which can lead to a decrease in sexual attraction and general health. Additionally, a spouse's chances of becoming obese increase by 37% if his or her partner is obese.
    Source: The 7 Stages of Marriage
    Photo Credit: Prevention.com
  • Mixed Bag 14 of 20
    Mixed Bag
    A 2008 study found that marital satisfaction improves once children leave home. However, if marital problems existed before, an empty nest often reveals those otherwise masked issues.
    Source: The 7 Stages of Marriage
    Photo Credit: 43rdyear.blogspot.com
  • Keeping The Sabbath Day Holy 15 of 20
    Keeping The Sabbath Day Holy
    Married people are twice as likely to go to church as unmarried people.
    Source: The 7 Stages of Marriage
    Photo Credit: sampsonfirstbaptist.com
  • Sealed With A Kiss 16 of 20
    Sealed With A Kiss
    A marriage ceremony typically ends with a kiss because in ancient Rome a kiss was a legal bond that sealed contracts, and marriage was seen as a contract.
    Source: Bride's Book of Etiquette
    Photo Credit: wikipedia.com
  • What’s Love Got To Do With It? 17 of 20
    What's Love Got To Do With It?
    Throughout most of history, marriage was not necessarily based on mutual love, but an institution devoted to acquiring in-laws and property and to provide the family additional labor forces (by having children).
    Source: What Is Marriage For?
    Photo Credit: history.org
  • Mo’ Money 18 of 20
    Mo' Money
    Compared to singles, married people accumulate about four times more savings and assets. Those who divorced had assets 77% lower than singles.
    Source: The 7 Stages of Marriage
    Photo Credit: Libary.thinkquest.org
  • Pinky Swear? 19 of 20
    Pinky Swear?
    More than friendship, laughter, forgiveness, compatiblility, and sex, spouses name trust as the element crucial for a happy marriage.
    Source: The 7 Stages of Marriage
    Photo Credit: Deviantart.com
  • So Happy Together 20 of 20
    So Happy Together
    Marriage does more to promote life satisfaction than money, sex, or even children, say Wake Forest University psychologists.
    Source: The 7 Stages of Marriage
    Photo Credit: Flickr.com

Top photo credit: greylikesweddings.com

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