A new study suggests that couples who get married on Valentine’s Day have higher chances of divorce.
According to researchers from Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, weddings that occur on the same days as Valentine’s Day
or other gimmicky dates such as 1/2/03 or 9/9/99 are 18 to 36% more likely to end up in divorce compared to weddings on regular or ordinary dates.
The researchers, Jan Kabátek and David Ribar
looked at 1.1 million weddings in the Netherlands among 18 to 60 years of age from 1999 to 2013. They then investigated the Netherlands’ divorce rates in that period. They discovered that those who got married on February 14th
were about one-third most likely to get divorce than those who got married on ordinary days. Additionally, those who got were wedded on same number dates such as 9/9/99 were one-fourth more likely to end in divorce.
“There were three times as many weddings on a given Valentine’s Day than on an otherwise comparable February day ― and there were six times as many weddings on a given same-number date compared to an ordinary day,” Ribar told The Huffington Post
The theory to why this occurs is that those who had weddings on ordinary days were probably more influenced by the quality of their relationship and compatibility compared to those who get married on special dates.
The researchers also discovered that couples who choose to get married on special dates are less similar in education levels and terms of age. They are also more likely to have been through marriage before and may already have children.
Ribar said, “The choice of the date reveals some cool social science about how a couple’s commitment to each other grows over time.”