Media Pitch

Materialism and marriage. Is it a bad match?

Hi Lisa,

We are living in a material world… and I am a single woman in my forties, wary of dating. I’ve followed you on the Huffington Post and on PsychAlive, gleaning your wisdom on topics such as jealousy, how to stay close in a relationship and your life changing post about choosing a better partner. The last thing I want to do is create my own nightmare by following bad patterns from my marriage. Eek.

Modern dating and relationships are complicated and affected by so many things. I thought of you when I recently read some research by Brigham Young University about the impact of materialism on marriage. With divorce and our standard of living on the rise, this topic may concern many Americans.

The study found that higher levels of materialism are linked to a decreased sense of importance of marriage and less satisfaction in a marriage. BYU professor, Jason Caroll says, “We know that materialism can lead to poor money management and that leads to debt and strain, but financial factors may not be the only issue at play in these situations.” The study found that those who draw happiness from money and possessions do not make happy spouses.

Findings of this study are published in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

I would love to hear your take on this topic. Would you like me to arrange an interview with Professor Carroll for you?

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Jo Schaffer