February is a highly anticipated month among couples because of Valentine's Day - a time to celebrate love and romance between two people. Although Valentine's Day may seem like the perfect time to get married, the statistics don't indicate a happily ever after ending. According to a study by researchers at the University of Melbourne, Dutch marriages are more likely to end in divorce if they chose to wed on Valentine's Day.
The study analyzed more than a million marriages from 1999 to 2013 and found that 21% of Valentine's Day marriages ended in divorce, compared to only 16% of couples who tied the knot on a random day. The impending doom also starts early - by their fifth anniversary, 11% of Valentine's Day marriages had already ended compared to 8% of regular ones. Likewise, couples who got married on gimmicky days such as 1/02/03 or 9/9/99 also had a higher divorce rate than couples who wed on regular days.
Why The Increase in Divorce for Valentine's Day Marriages?
So what explains the greater likelihood of divorce for Valentine's Day marriages? Of course, correlation doesn't imply causation, so it's not necessarily the dates that are cursed. Experts say that the reason could be that certain types of couples are more likely to choose special dates with external meanings - this includes couples who are on their second or third marriage, those who already have kids, women who wed while already pregnant, or couples who have greater disparity in education level and age gaps.
On the other hand, couples who chose to get married on random dates were more persuaded by compatibility and their relationship's dynamics.
Another factor to consider is the financial aspect - Valentine's Day weddings are about five times more popular than other days, making it more expensive and more likely for couples to start their marriages off in deep debt.
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