First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes…unhappiness? This time of year, it seems like everyone is getting hitched and you can’t dodge those wedding invites--but happily ever after may be just a fairytale for many couples. According to a new social survey by the University of Chicago, married folks are unhappier than ever. Here’s how the numbers break down.
1. Marriage Mehs
The decrease in marriage unhappiness comes from us—women. In 2012, 64.6% of women were “Very Happy” in their marriage as were 66.4% of men. In 2014, that number dropped to only 57.4% of women were “Very Happy” while 62.8% of men were. Making matters worse, about 3% of women ages 18-34 categorized their marriages as unhappy, while only 1% said the same thing in 2012.
At the same time, overall happiness has dipped but not to the extent of marriage unhappiness. So what gives? We’re happy but not happy in our marriages?
2. Hustle Hard
Okay, so women are less-than-blissful being hitched but there’s got to be an explanation. The economy sucks and they’re probably feeling stress from other stuff like work. Right? Wrong. 51.3% of the same women are “Very Happy” when it comes to work (while only 46% of men are). We’re killing it at the office but hating our home lives.
Not only are women not happily married but overall they feel their lives aren’t that great. Ouch. Only 48.4% of women said life was exciting. When you hate your husband—and have to fill out a survey about how much you hate him-- life is probably pretty bo-ring.
4. Revenge of the Nerds
Interestingly, it seems that nerds are the happiest in their marriages. When the study broke down level of education, those with college and high school degrees founds themselves most happy in their marriages. Must be all those home economics classes. Those with college degrees were also generally happier in life. Keep them heads in the books…or just get a divorce.