A new study from Carnegie Mellon University found that women fall out of love before their husbands do.
The research showed that women are more in love than men at the beginning of their relationships. However, they fall out of love quickly and the reason is that they get stuck running the household and raising a family, with a perceived lack of pitching in by their male partners.
To conduct the study, Dr. Saurabh Bhargava, a professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, tracked the emotions of nearly 3,900 heterosegxwal adults with different relationship timelines, ranging from recently engaged to married for decades.
The study revealed that women are far more likely than men to report moments of feeling love early in a relationship, but it doesn’t last.
Women in longer relationships experienced feelings of love while spending time with their partner nearly 60 percent less often than those in newer relationships. Meanwhile, feelings of love only decreased over time for men by 0.4 percent.
Women who fell head over heels reported that the feelings of passion fizzled even faster.
Women’s feeling of “excited love” while with their partners dropped nearly 80 percent over time. The decline was much smaller for men at just 30 percent.
How they’re feeling likely has to do with what they’re doing.
Bhargava also noted that having children could dampen a couple’s flame, as feelings of love could be reallocated to children and women assume the majority of childcare duties.
The study also found that staying apart helps couples feel closer.