Believing that money plays a very important role in life could be detrimental to your love life after a new study suggested that materialistic couples have an unhappy relationship.
The study was conducted by researchers at Brigham Young University and has been published in the latest issue of American Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy. The researchers conducted an online questionnaire poll involving more than 1,700 married couples in the United States and found that non-materialistic couples were 10 to 15 percent more satisfied with their relationship compared to materialistic couples.
Lead researcher Jason Carroll said that problems arose even if one of the couple was materialistic and added that it did not matter whether that person was a man or a woman. Carroll said that the problem was more serious among couples where both partners were materialistic.
"We thought it would be the incongruent or unmatched pattern that would be most problematic, where one's a spender and one's a saver. Our study found that it's the couples where both spouses have high levels of materialism that struggle the most", he said.