Does Passion Die After Three Years?

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Categories: Dating and Relationships

Forget the seven-year itch. According to a new study, couples start growing bored with one another after just three years. Call it the "three year glitch."

The survey, which was commissioned by Warner Brothers to promote the release of Hall Pass in the UK (hmmmm), polled 2,000 men and women in steady relationships and found that 67% of respondents believe that the quirky habits that are often endearing at the beginning of a relationship start to become major issues around 36 months.

Sex, too, also goes downhill. Of the men and women surveyed, 52% of those in a relationship less than three years old reported having sex at least three times a week. Only 16% of couples in relationships over three years enjoyed the same frequency.

It seems couples in the UK also begin taking solo vacations and weekends away when they reach the three-year mark. Fifty-eight percent of couples take regular vacations away and 34% take spend at least two evenings a month without their partner.

"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," said Judi James who oversaw the survey.

According to the survey, the top ten relationship passion killers are weight gain/lack of exercise, thriftiness, anti-social working hours, hygiene problems, extended family issues, lack of romance, alcohol, snoring, poor fashion, and off-putting bathroom habits.

Check out this Reuters article to read more depressing stats uncovered by the study.

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