The economic crisis has left many couples struggling financially but could this prove a bounty for the divorce courts!
In a new survey released this week, community website www.makefriendsonline.com asked it’s members how important financial stability is to a relationship. Of over 10,000 respondents a full third believed financial hardship will cause a relationship to fail.
The most concerned were the 40 plus age group, 36% of whom are ready to write off a relationship if the money dries up. The most optimistic were the youngsters with 80% of 18-24 year olds believing, perhaps naively, that such hardship is either irrelevant or will make a relationship stronger.
Overall men appear more romantic than women, a materialistic 34% of whom would show the door to a debt ridden partner. In comparison only 28% of men would dump a struggling spouse, making men 6% more debt-tolerant than women!
Geographically, the meanest men can be found in Chester where a resounding 64% believe a relationship cannot survive debt and the most money motivated women reside in Richmond where an astounding 75% would give up on a relationship which was floundering financially.
So, will your relationship survive the crisis? A few comments from the respondents might provide food for thought:
· If a relationship has a strong foundation then it will survive hardship and may even be strengthened. But superficial relationships will invariably fail when confronted with problems.
· If a couple are committed to each other and are working towards the same goals, a financial struggle can deepen their relationship. If not, there is nothing to keep them together and probably no point in them staying together.
· Both parties must be financially responsible. If one continues spending money they don’t have, that irresponsibility will end the relationship rather than the lack of money.
Tina Willoughby, PR Manager, MakeFriendsOnline.com
Tel: 020 8539 2371
Makefriendsonline.com polled 10,041 members. Detailed stats & breakdowns available on request.
Past surveys are available as a free Press Resource at http://news.makefriendsonline.com/dating_and_social_network/...
Launched in 2000, Make Friends Online now has over a million members primarily from the UK and Ireland, with worldwide membership increasing rapidly. Affectionately known as MFO to it's huge enthusiastic crowd of regulars, who treat the site more like the local pub than an online dating agency, it has claimed thousands of friendships, relationships, engagements, marriages, and even MFO babies.
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