With divorce rates increasing and good old-fashioned dating replaced by short-lived Tinder flings, it’s fair to say that finding love isn’t as easy as it once was. However, according to a new study, maintaining it can be a much less challenging task thanks to one unexpected factor: money.
Yes, you read that correctly. Findings by Cornell University suggest that a couple’s income plays a major role in the longevity of their relationship – and before all of the hopeless romantics out there gasp in horror, let’s hear lead author Patrick Ishizuka out. We all like to believe that long-lasting love has nothing to do with wealth or status, but is it realistic?
After studying data on income, covering over 60,000 people in the US for almost 20 years, Ishizuka found that cohabiting straight couples with equal earnings are the most likely to stay together. ‘Equality appears to promote stability,’ he said in a statement. ‘Equality in men’s and women’s economic contributions may hold these couples together.’
He then added that couples are more likely to walk down the aisle once they have collectively attained a certain level of wealth, a point he calls ‘the marriage bar’.
‘Once couples have reached a certain income and wealth threshold, they’re more likely to marry,’ he explained, in research published in the journal Demography.’They want to have a house and a car and enough savings to have a big wedding; and they also want to have stable jobs and a steady income.’
He continued: ‘It’s really the couple’s combined resources that seem to matter.’
His study concludes that couples with a low joint income are most likely to separate, though we’re not sure we’re convinced. Call us old school romantics but we reckon there’s a lot more to a relationship than the numbers on your paycheck – who’s with us?