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Couples Warned: Beware FIVE-Year Itch

 
 

Newly-weds used to be able to expect a seven-year honeymoon period before the rot set in.

 
 
But new research has found that ouples now barely make it to five. Scientists have discovered that partners begin to grow fed up with each other after just four years and are
 
 
at peak risk of divorce just before their fifth anniversary. If couples get through this patch, then the chances are they'll stay together indefinitely. US Professor then the chances are they'll stay together indefinitely. US Professor Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel laureate, said studies showed that the positive feelings from marriage are fleeting. The excitement of falling in love, making plans and getting married initially makes both partners very happy.
But given the 'limited nature of the human attention span' this level of satisfaction cannot be maintained for most couples. He
 

To love and to cherish ... for five years

 
 

added that the benefits of marriage were often outweighedby having less time to see friends and a larger houshold workload.
While those who stayed single were more likely to feel lonely and have less sex, they had greater freedom, more time to socialise and fewer chores.
Speaking at the British Psychological Society conference in Dublin, Prof Kahneman, of Princeton University in New Jersey, said: "It is the balance of costs and benefits of marriage in terms of marriage.
"People have more sex and are less alone, and pay for it in other currencies."People have certain expectations and life doesn't live up to them."

 
     
 

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