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.

Men fall in love faster.

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Men are much more likely than women—48% vs. 28%—to fall in love at first sight.

Guys crave romance.

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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.

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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.

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Unhappy couples are still hot for each other.

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57% of those in unhappy relationships still find their partner extremely attractive.

Sleepless in Seattle could break you up.

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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.

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Those who put their partners in this category were most likely to describe their relationships as slightly unhappy.

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"Til death" is alive and well.

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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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