Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Long drive, short marriage

I knew I moved close to work for a reason.

Jezebel discusses study results suggesting long commutes increase your risk of divorce. An excerpt:

Clearly commuting creates some problems that are gender-blind. It's annoying, especially if you have to do it by car, and a long trip home every night can put someone in a bad mood. It also takes time that could otherwise be spent with a partner or kids, and may put partners on drastically different schedules, which is hard on any union.

The research underscores something that often goes unnoticed: the way work stress can extend into your personal relationships.

I think a lot of us assume we can maintain our job as an entity separate from our personal relationships.

But more often than not, it's the impetus for some sort of relationship tension -- whether that's spurred by pressure on the job itself, our factors like commutes and salaries.