Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Opposites attract...

...unfortunately.

3 comments:

Jason (the commenter) said...

I wouldn't worry about it too much.

The investigators used data from married people who filled out a New York Times or an American Radio Works web survey to sample. The people who took the original surveys were sent a second one, which was used for the paper. But get this: the original surveys were always about spending and saving, something people who have marriage problems brought on by financial troubles would likely be interested in!

Obviously they should have used people who had answered any other survey to use in this study.

Also, the correlation between spendthrifts and tightwads was only -0.11 or -0.20. Considering the samples were self-selected it actually seems more likely people don't care if they are financially compatible with their spouses than that they are actively seeking financially incompatible spouses.

And maybe we can't even say that, because they did three studies in this paper, and in the last one they asked single people what their ideal romantic partner would be like. They said that person would MATCH their spending habits. (Not mentioned in the abstract.)

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