We’ve all seen that grey haired couple in a posh restaurant who order their meal and never speak another word to each other. Or perhaps you’ve seen the couple who each have a newspaper holding their rapt attention that completely obscures the face of their dining mate. You knew it couldn’t be too long until some social scientist on a government grant would study and report on this important phenomena.
A British study found that pre-marriage, romantic couples will speak to one another for 50 minutes of an hour. But it all goes down hill after that.
Immediately after marriage, conversation drops to 40 minutes per hour; after 20 years of marriage it’s only 21 minutes of the hour and after 30 years it slumps to 16 minutes.
If your marriage lasts 50 years, it is estimated that you will converse for 3 minutes of an hour. Can it be that there is nothing left to say after 50 years or is it that neither spouse can actually hear what the other is saying?
Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang