Commuting Could Destroy Your Marriage
Longer rides linked to higher break-up risk: study
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 19, 2014 7:49 AM CST
A long commute could put your relationship at risk.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – If it takes you or your partner 45 minutes or more to get to work, treat your marriage with care: It's 40% more likely to fall apart, according to Swedish researchers whose nationwide study looked at couples from 1995 to 2005. You may, however, have less to worry about if the commuter in your relationship is a woman. Men who have a long commute, the study finds, are more likely than long-traveling women to bail on a relationship. And that breakup is more likely to happen in the initial years of commuting.

In fact, if you and your partner can stay together for five years of commuting, you're significantly more likely to be together for good, OZY reports. Why? "There could be another selection process at work there as well, that the 'weaker' relationships can’t take that kind of strain in the first place," the study's lead author tells the Local. OZY points out a bit of good news for US readers: The average commute here is 25 minutes. (This week's other big marriage-focused study looked at the advantages of not having kids.)

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Jan 21, 2014 8:21 PM CST
Or it could be because you are Swedish.
Jan 20, 2014 8:40 PM CST
i'm thinking not having a job can destroy it faster.
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Jan 19, 2014 5:57 PM CST
I work in high tech so the commutes are across the entire range. My boss is a woman and her husband and children live 800 miles away. She has rented an apartment in town for 6 years. Another lady boss in another division has worked here a year and her family is still 600 miles away. Another guy's newlywed wife lives 500 miles away as he finishes out his contract. As for me, my commute involves getting in my car, driving 1 mile down one street and 3 miles down another and I'm at work. So, this brings me to my second complaint and possibly off topic comment. It has to do with your vehicle tag. 75 percent of tag revenue supports the local school district. We have these people working with me who never get a local state tag. In my view, they live here as they have homes here and they only visit their family's state. But they see it the other way. But their income is derived here and their spouse's income is derived at home. So they are also in violation of state law as once they have established a residence in the state and worked here more than 30 days, they should transfer their vehicle tag here. But I drive into work and see those out of state tags from people who have lived here and worked at my employer for as much as 6 years.