An article in USA Today states the ‘Married couples who play together stay together’, a point of view that I subscribe to. From the article:
‘The more you invest in fun and friendship and being there for your partner, the happier the relationship will get over time’ …
One of the reasons couples have trouble is that they have different takes on fun and bonding, Parrott says. "Intimacy and friendship for a man is built on shared activity, but for women, shared activity is a backdrop for a great conversation. What she wants on date night is a time of intimacy and friendship. He’s disappointed because she’ll never go to a game or golfing, and it’s during shared activities that his spirit is most likely to open up."
Gender differences also showed up in another study by the Denver researchers. They asked a random phone sample of 908 people how long it had been since they had been on a date with their spouse; women, on average, said it had been twice as long as men. (In couples married 11 to 19 years, women said 17.8 weeks, and men said nine.)
Of course, no article would be complete without the requisite graph, this one analysing how much time couples spend together. I wonder if the below (perhaps) also reflects family changes also?
Just proves that I am a lucky guy. My wife plays golf (smile).