Concerned that your long commute to and from work may be adding wear and tear to your car? Well, according to a new study from Sweden’s Umea University, it may also be putting a strain on your marriage and sending you on the highway towards divorce. Yes, that’s right: it’s possible that a long commute increases divorce odds.
The study surveyed more than 2 million US adults who were either living with a partner or married, and found that 11% spent at least 90-minutes each day traveling to and from work. That part isn’t newsworthy.
However, when they looked deeper and discovered that that small 11% group was 40% more likely to split from their wife or partner – with the majority breaking up in the first one or two years.
Also, while the researchers noted people who faced a longer commute tended to have better jobs than those who didn’t, the price – as measured by a breakdown in the relationship and the stress and potential costs of divorce – often made it a bad trade-off.