9 Interesting Facts About Marriage

Reason for divorce

In the 16th century France, women could charge their husbands with impotence as a reason for divorce. The convicted husbands would have to prove themselves in a public trial through successfully ejaculating.

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Seal contract

A marriage ceremony typically ends with a kiss because in ancient Rome, a kiss was a legal bond that sealed contracts, and marriage was seen as a contract.

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Level of education

A person’s level of education influences the age at which they marry. Couples tend to marry later in states with higher numbers of college-educated adults, while the opposite is true for states with lower education levels.

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Labor forces

Throughout most of history, marriage was not necessarily based on mutual love, but an institution devoted to acquiring in-laws and property and to provide the family additional labor forces (by having children).

Marriage and child

While couples with children are less likely to divorce than childless couples, the arrival of a new baby is more likely to bring more stress and emotional distance than new happiness. Nearly 90% of couples experienced decrease in martial satisfaction after the birth of their first child.

More savings and assets

Compared to singles, married people accumulate about four times more savings and assets. Those who divorced had assets 77% lower than singles.

Bicycle Race

The invention of the bicycle increased the average distance between the birthplaces of spouses in England from one mile to 30 miles.

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