Divorce rates might be influenced by the type of engagement rings and wedding ceremonies one has, according to a new study: the results thereof suggested that expensive rings and lavish ceremonies are correlated with increased divorce rates.
Contemporary societies have witnessed increasing divorce cases due to a number of factors that lead to a couple splitting. A new study has brought forth evidence linking expensive engagement rings and ceremonies with an increase in the risk of divorce: spending between $ 2000 and $ 4000 on an engagement ring might lead to a greater risk of divorce.
The researchers examined a number of variables like income, religious attendance, how important attractiveness was to each partner, wedding attendance, and other such factors. The study reflected the current tendencies: marriage is becoming more of a luxury for rich people who can afford honeymoons. Also, a wedding ceremony including crowds of close family members might help for the couple to stay together in the long run as large families would support them.
The above data are pretty much echoes of what we already know. However, the part of the results that entailed expensive rings and divorce rates is actually surprising. Contrary to what people tend to think, the study seems to suggest that happiness cannot be catered for by big diamonds and lavish weddings. Big fat weddings are not representative of successful unions. But, how are flashy diamonds associated with increased divorce rates?
Perhaps, people tend to fill in the holes in their relationships with bright diamond rings? Maybe, it is a way for them compromise for the emotional lacking? Or, is it that those people who opt for modest celebrations do not define happiness in terms of grandiosity?
The researchers stated that “our findings provide little evidence to support the validity of the wedding industry’s general message that connects expensive weddings with positive marital outcomes.”