A study discussed over at Live Science confirms what I have always suspected:
An eight-year study of 218 couples found 90 percent experienced a decrease in marital satisfaction once the first child was born.
“Couples who do not have children also show diminished marital quality over time,” says Scott Stanley, research professor of psychology at University of Denver. “However, having a baby accelerates the deterioration, especially seen during periods of adjustment right after the birth of a child.”
An unrelated study in 2006 of 13,000 people found parents are more depressed than non-parents. Scientists speculate that the problem is partly a modern one, because parents don’t get as much help at home as they did in previous generations.
So your saying that a screaming thing waking you in the middle of the night demanding attention (and possibly financial support) isn’t the recipe for nuptial bliss? I’m shocked to hear it.
Reminds me of another Dylan Moran sketch I like. (I really am a hack. Posting two Dylan Moran sketches in a month. It’s sad really…)
(Video below the fold. NSFW.)
The funniest part is about a minute from the end.
“Then the sexual kidnapping is complete. No touchy-touchy, no kissy-kissy. You two need lots of sleep. I have many questions for tomorrow.”