Being in my 20s it seems like everywhere I look, young couples are getting engaged. From old school friends, to classmates from university, it seems that more and more of my peers are falling in love, getting married and starting a family.
With so many people my age smitten in love, it makes me sad to consider the realities of the current divorce statistics. According to a recent article published by The Guardian, a whopping 42 percent of marriages will end of divorce.
Alarmingly, there appears to be a strong trend when it comes to the point of marriage at which couples generally choose to split up. “Almost half of divorces happen in the first 10 years of marriage, and the rate is especially high between the fourth and eighth anniversary,” The Guardian reports.
Interestingly, the article also stated that the highest number of divorces happen among couples who are relatively young. “By far the highest divorce rates have been among women aged 25-29 and men aged either 25-29 or 30-34, depending on the year,” the article continued.
So if many couples are getting divorced at an early stage of their marriage, what is to blame? According to psychologists, a phenomenon called ‘hedonic adaption’ could be the answer.
The concept of ‘hedonic adaption’ basically deals with the idea that as humans we naturally adapt to new circumstances and after a while, we come to consider these circumstances as normal and even boring. While we may at first be excited when we buy a new car, start a new job, or find a new partner, after a while we adapt and gradually the ‘newness’ wears off and things become less exciting.
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