A new Brigham Young University study has found that materialistic couples don’t have the best marriages. Partners who said they value “having money and lots of things” were less likely to report marriage satisfaction than those who didn’t.
The study, which was just published in the Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, found that couples who say money is not important to them score about 10% to 15% better on measures of relationship quality, such as marriage stability, than those couples where both or one spouse are materialistic.
And if both you and your partner value the almighty dollar, brace yourself: Marriages with two materialists reported worse relationships than those with only one.
“There is a pervasive pattern in the data of eroding communication, poor conflict resolution, and low responsiveness to each other,” said study author and BYU professor Jason Carroll.
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