A little gem over at msnbc.com yesterday reported "couples irritate each other more as they age, but that means they're close." Or something.
Apparently, couples drive each other crazier with time (as if I really needed to report on that). A study also suggests irritability toward your bedfellow is "normal in a close relationship." Wow. If there weren't already more than enough reasons to stay single.
Lead study author Kira Birditt, a research fellow at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, and U-M colleagues Lisa Jackey and Toni Antonucci researched the ways in which negative views of spouses, friends and children changed over time and among different age groups, including young adults (ages 20 to 39), middle-aged adults (40 to 59) and older adults (60 and over).
Responses from a Social Relations and Health Over the Life Course study yielded information in 1992 and 2005 detailing perspectives of more than 800 people. In both those years, the guinea pigs were asked to agree or disagree with two statements: "My (spouse/partner, child, friend) gets on my nerves," and "My (spouse/partner, child, friend) makes too many demands on me."
Across the board, people's spouses were cited as being way more obnoxious than children and friends.
For all you 20- and 30-somethings sporting googly eyes over your partners, take heed: Participants in that very age group had the most negative relationships overall. May casual sex commence.
[Originally posted at playgirl.com/blog]