Study Finds 16 Surprising Reasons Why Relationships Today Don’t Last

Some couples find themselves in a downward spiral toward disaster before their relationship every really even takes off.

Relationships in this day and age can be pretty brutal. Some couples find themselves in a downward spiral toward disaster before their relationship every really even takes off. Why is that? They say hindsight is 20/20, but from the looks of it, this kind of thing used to run a little more smoothly. Couples dated exclusively. They immersed themselves in one another’s lives. They knew each other’s families. Their courtship was pretty lengthy before moving onto marriage and kids.

Things certainly have changed. Couples don’t always wait — for intimacy, or marriage, or kids. Friends with benefits are haphazardly allowed to turn into something more. People long for companionship so much that they settle for someone who isn’t really worth it. In society today, divorce is talked about far more than marriage. Unless, of course, we count the wedding — yet another reason people jump into relationships too quickly.

What’s lying behind all of that? Why does it seem like everyone falls apart as soon as they come together? Just how many people are still holding out for the one, and how do we know when they cross our path? The divorce rate is roughly 50 percent now. Are half of all couples really this confused? Are we really picking the wrong partners? Or are we picking them for the wrong reasons?

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