Survey Reveals UK Couples Lose Romance after 3 Years

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15th March 2011 16:13 - Public Consultation

A new survey of 2,000 British adults in steady relationships revealed that 3 years is the point at which relationship stress levels peak and couples start taking each other for granted.

The study, commissioned by Warner Bros. to promote the release of their comedy Hall Pass in U.K. cinemas, found the top three bug-bears and passion-killers for couples are weight gain or lack of exercise, money or spend thriftiness and anti-social working hours.
The poll compared feedback from those in short term relationships (defined as less than three years) and people who were in long term partnerships or married.

Of those surveyed, 67% said small irritations which are seemingly harmless and often endearing during the first flushes of love often expand into major irritations around 36 months.

The findings also revealed that people in the early stages of love can expect an average of three compliments every week from their partners, with the figure falling to an average of one per week at the three-year mark.

One of the research participants, Judi James, commented on the ‘three-year itch’:  "Longer working hours combined with money worries are clearly taking their toll on modern relationships and we are seeing an increasing trend for solo holidays and weekends away from marriages and relationships in order to revive the romantic spark."

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