We all argue from time to time. Living together and running hectic lives can occasionally leave us short-tempered and those niggles can just send us over the edge! It’s so easy to get stuck having the same argument. Below you will find some statistics about what other couples argue about.
What do other couples argue about?
- 34% of married and cohabiting couples say that they argue about money/spending/ investing and a survey found this to be the biggest issue for couples. (1)
- 25% of married and cohabiting couples say that they tend to argue about a spouse or partner’s insensitivity. (1)
- 5% of married and cohabiting couples argue at Christmas (1)
- 5% of married and cohabiting couples argue on holiday (
How often do couples argue?
- About 5% of married and cohabiting couple argue most days. About 24% of married and cohabiting couples argue 1 to 3 times per month. About 37% of couples argue less than 1 to 3 times per month. (1)
- About 80% of couples think that understanding and tolerance is very important to a relationship. (1)
Giving the ‘silent treatment’
- A survey found that on average couples argue twice a week followed by a silent period of 2 hours and 14 minutes. Adding up to nearly 10 days a year spent in silence. (2)
- 6 out of 10 people prefer to sulk than admit they are wrong, kiss and makeup. (2)
People’s attitudes toward arguing
- 76% of people believe that the odd spat is healthy for any relationship. (2)
- 66% of people believe that they get on better with their partner after they have made up. (2)
- More than 50% of people think that just saying ‘I’m sorry’ is enough to forgive and forget. (2)
- You Gov. (2007). Marriage and Divorce YouGov / Sunday Times Survey Results. Available from http://www.yougov.co.uk/extranets/ygarchives/content/archivesMain.asp?rID=4
- OnePoll. (2009). Rows. Available from http://www.onepoll.com/op_press_view.php?width=800&height=600&id=563