Many past partners may lower chance of happy marriage
The more romantic partners a person has had as a single person may affect the quality of his or her marriage, according to a new study.
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Denver, involved more than 1,000 Americans between ages 18 and 34 who were in a relationship but unmarried. the scientists collected data from this group for five years. Throughout the study, 418 of the participants got married, after which the researchers asked questions about their relationship histories, past romantic experiences and quality of their current marriages. Factors such as race and ethnicity, income, education and religion were controlled in the study.
The results of the study showed that on average, the people who had more relationships prior to getting married reported having a lower marital quality, when compared with those who had fewer relationships prior to marriage.
The researchers said that one explanation for their findings could be that people with more relationship experience may be more likely to compare current partners with past partners in terms of attractiveness and sexual compatibility, which could ultimately lead to greater dissatisfaction.
The study suggests that romantic partners may benefit from discussing past experiences with each other prior to marriage. The researchers noted, however, that many other factors—such as a lack of communication and impulsive actions—could also contribute to lower quality marriages.