Random facts about dating and relationships
Whether it's the traditions that surround it or the biology that fuels it, here are 10 little-known facts about—you guessed it—love and marriage.Wedding dresses weren't always white, according to TLC.That's one-in-ten marriages among opposite-sex couples, according to the 2010 Census (up 28% from 2000).And 87% of Americans now favor marriage between blacks and whites, up from 4% in 1958.In contrast, 72% of Americans tied the knot in 1960. But married adults do live longer and have higher incomes, and not simply because two incomes mean more money.
Going onto a date or into a relationship without preparation is unwise.In a 2009 study, scientists ranked the intensity of people's smiles in their college yearbook photos from 1 to 10.They found that none of the people in the top 10 percent—those with the biggest smiles—had divorced, while almost 25 percent in the bottom 10 percent had ended a marriage.Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch procejt at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosnt mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.Summertime is packed with weddings (June and October are the most common months to tie the knot.) But as you celebrate your friends and family, or walk the aisle yourself, know that American unions are changing. The marriage rate in America has plummeted — today, only about 50% of Americans will marry.