People With Stuff More Likely to Marry But… Less Like to be Happy

On the other hand, even if they are less satisfied with the marriage, if money is the priority and is achieved... maybe that is happiness for those people?

(Time Healthland) Why Materialistic People Are Less Happy in Marriage

By Belinda Luscombe Thursday, October 13, 2011 | 2 Comments

Hot on the heels of a study suggesting that people who have a car, investments or other personal wealth are more likely to marry drops the other shoe: a study that suggests that people who prioritize money are less likely to be satisfied in said marriages.

According to the new study, conducted by researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU), self-reported materialists — those who draw a lot of happiness from money and possessions — do not make for happy spouses, compared with those who get their jollies elsewhere. Couples who say wealth is not that big a deal score about 10% to 15% better on marriage stability and other indicators of relationship quality.

Researchers surveyed a nationwide sample of more than 1,700 couples, asking them, among other questions, to rate how true this statement was: Money and things have never been important to me. Those who disagreed with the statement (i.e., scored high on materialism) tended to score low on questions that tested emotional maturity and responsiveness to their partners. “Materialism was also linked to less effective communication, higher levels of negative conflict, lower relationship satisfaction and less marriage stability,” says lead author Jason Carroll, a social science researcher at BYU.

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Also see Are People with Stuff More Likely to Marry?Should We Blame Parents for ‘Compulsive Consumerism’?Is Real Estate the Key to Marriage? and Do Women Really Marry for Money?

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