Three-year glitch trumps the seven-year itch
Published 09/03/2011 | 05:00
NOTHING is sacred, not even the seven-year itch, which has been replaced by the "three-year glitch" according to a new survey.
The "glitch" has replaced the famous "itch" as the tipping point where couples start to take each other for granted, according to the study.
Weight gain, stinginess, toe-nail clippings on the bathroom floor and snoring are a few of the passion-killers that have led to a swifter decline in relationships in the fast-paced 21st century, said the study commissioned by Warner Brothers to promote the release of comedy film 'Hall Pass' in UK cinemas.
The survey of 2,000 British adults in steady relationships pinpointed the 36-month marker as the time when relationship stress levels peak.
"Longer working hours combined with money worries are clearly taking their toll on modern relationships and we are seeing an increasing trend for solo holidays and weekends away from marriages and relationships in order to revive the romantic spark," said pollster Judi James, who oversaw the survey.
The top 10 everyday niggles and passion-killers:
1. Weight gain/lack of exercise.
2. Money and thriftiness.
3. Anti-social working hours.
4. Hygiene issues.
5. In-laws/extended family.
6. Lack of romance.
7. Alcohol -- drinking too much.
8. Snoring & anti-social bedtime habits.
9. Lapsed fashion -- same old underwear/clothes.
10. Bathroom habits -- stray nail cuttings etc.