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Does money impact your relationship?

How often do you talk to your partner about money? It can be a very taboo subject in many relationships, but it might be worth talking to your partner about it as research has shown that money can make or break a relationship as it affects the decisions we make.

The mutual society, Shepherds Friendly has teamed up with psychologist and relationship expert, Dr Becky Spelman to find out more about the power money can hold on relationships.

They carried out a survey and asked a few taboo questions, such as who should pay on date night and whether you would break up with your partner if they became bankrupt. Dr Becky Spelman then analysed the data and explained what the results could mean, and shared relationship advice based on the findings.

The results found that when it comes to dating 22.4% of men and 36.1% of women think money plays a part in how attractive you find a partner. Interestingly, the biggest difference is between men and women aged 45-79, where 9.5% of men and agree and 41.1% of women agree that money plays a part in how attractive they find someone.

Dr Spelman commented on this finding and said “Traditionally, men have been seen as providers for the family. Consciously or subconsciously, women sometimes still look for indications that a man would be able to care for her – and possibly, her children too. The statistics suggest that financial pressures tend to have eased for men aged between 45-59, before old age brings its inevitable health problems to men over 60 You can find more statistics and insight on how money impacts relationships by visiting Shepherds Friendly and reading their article on “how does money impact relationships?”

Do you think money impacts your relationship? Let me know in the comment box below.

 

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