Study: The Honeymoon Effect is real

The “Honeymoon Effect” is in fact a real thing, according to a recent scientific study.

A new study in Prevention Science looked at the theory that everything is good in the early stages of marriage — until reality sets in.

Researchers found 14 percent of men experienced a clear honeymoon effect, compared to only 10 percent of women.

That means these couples were satisfied at the beginning of their marriage but, after 30 months, found themselves extremely unhappy.

So which couples were most “at risk?” The study says men who were more depressed or aggressive or had fiancé’s that were less satisfied with the relationship were more likely to show the effects.

Doctors say recognizing these signs might help save time or the relationship. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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