We’ve all seen that grey haired couple in a posh restaurant who order their meals 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 fifty minutes of an hour. But it all goes down hill after that.
Immediately after marriage, conversation drops to forty minutes per hour; after twenty years of marriage it’s only twenty-one minutes of the hour and after thirty years, it slumps to sixteen minutes.
If your marriage lasts fifty 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 fifty years or is it that neither spouse can actually hear what the other is saying?
Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang