Marriage Statistics: The Biggest Surprises About Love, Sex, and More

With the help of a few sociologists (and Reader's Digest), author Chrisanna Northrup interviewed more than 80,000 people from around the world to compile some quantitative data and marriage statistics on love, sex, trust, and more. Here are her most surprising and illuminating findings—and the numbers to back them up.

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Men fall in love faster.

Men fall in love faster.Harry Todd/Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Men are much more likely than women—48% vs. 28%—to fall in love at first sight.

Guys crave romance.

Guys crave romance.Hulton Archive/Getty Images
33% more men than women around the world say it bothers them "a lot" that their significant other isn't more romantic.

Well-off couples fight more.

Well-off couples fight more.Hulton Archive/Getty Images
The richest couples surveyed were less likely to be happy than those with less money. In fact, couples who earn $20,000 or less argue less frequently than couples who earn $250,000 to $500,000.

Unhappy couples are still hot for each other.

Unhappy couples are still hot for each other.George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images
57% of those in unhappy relationships still find their partner extremely attractive.

Sleepless in Seattle could break you up.

<i>Sleepless in Seattle</i> could break you up.Hulton Archive/Getty Images
More than 33% of men and women say they have watched a TV show or movie that affected them so much they considered breaking up.

A good "teammate" doesn't necessarily make a good partner.

A good "teammate" doesn't necessarily make a good partner.Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Those who put their partners in this category were most likely to describe their relationships as slightly unhappy.

"Til death" is alive and well.

"Til death" is alive and well.Chris Ware/Keystone/Getty Images
Nearly 60% of both men and women who were unhappy with their relationships say they would still be happy to spend eternity with their partners.

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