According to a survey of more than 1,000 people, married people don't have much to say to each other. The survey found that on average, married couples share only four minutes of meaningful conversation per day.
Another study done in Britain discovered the amount of time married couples speak with one another decreases as the years pass. Couples married for 20 years were found to spend about 21 minutes conversing during a 60 minute dinner, whereas newlyweds within the first year of their marriage converse for about 40 minutes of those 60 minutes. The only exception belongs to married couples with young children, who speak for about 10 minutes during a 60 minute dinner.
More about married couples:
- A 2013 UC Berkeley study found that couples who have had a bad night's sleep are more likely to fight the next day.
- According to a 2013 poll that interviewed 2,000 people, couples are happiest in their third year of marriage.
- About 15% of new US marriages in 2010 were interracial, which is more than twice the rate of interracial marriage in 1980.