Sunday, May 29, 2011

Divorce rates higher in couples with long commutes

Researchers at Umea University in  Sweden found that divorce rates are 40% higher in people who have commutes greater than 45 minutes.  The study looked at 2 million households and found that long commutes were even more difficult for women.  The risk for divorce was highest during the first few years of commuting. 

We have been a commuting culture for decades...especially in large urban areas like LA, San Francisco, New York or cities that are just sprawling and spread out like Phoenix and even Oahu, Hawaii.  It doesn't take a scientist to tell us that getting up at the crack of dawn (or earlier) to get into a car or a train and travel a long distance to work every single day would be bad for your mental and physical health.  Time spent commuting is time that is NOT spent exercising, relaxing, playing with the kids, walking the dog or talking with your spouse.

But for those of you who want more scientific proof, a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey found that the average commute from home to work is 23 minutes.  Only 3% of U.S. workers commutes for more than an hour each day.  That may seem like a small number but 3.5 million Americans are extreme commuters logging in over 90 minutes each way.  Those who do report long commutes are more likely to complain of neck or back pain, high cholesterol and obesity.  The emotional states with negative emotions are also higher in people who commute longer. 

Many folks endure these commutes in order to buy homes that they can afford.  Now with the housing meltdown, perhaps couples will re-think their lives and find a place closer to work.  The money saved on commuting and the time saved could turn out to be a true win. 

Also think of the money saved by NOT re-entering the dating scene after the divorce.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm not surprised. Long commutes to work are stressful and with more women and men working they never get time to spend with each other. We need to reevaluate how we plan cities and what we are willing to give up to live the "American dream".

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The divorce rate in America for third marriage is 73%. The highest divorce rate, exceeding 50%, is for Black women in high poverty areas. The survey also found that couples where the grooms are unwelcome by the family in the first place have higher divorce rates.

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I Think, Divorce rates are not very higher among couples who lived toghethrt after Marriage, But divorce rates so high for couples who lived together before marriage.

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