Companionship the key to a successful marriage: Survey

April 5th, 2011 - 9:15 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Not money or physical intimacy, the most important ingredient to make a marriage work is companionship, reveals a survey conducted by matrimonial website BharatMatrimony.

The survey, on the changing trends in marriages, was conducted among 5,200 people - and 55 percent of them stressed on the fact that companionship is the key factor for a successful marriage.

Just 19 percent of the respondents believed economic stability is of prime importance, while physical intimacy as a factor was declared the third most important as 10.3 percent people voted for it.

About 10 percent people said sharing the same religious beliefs is essential, while having children was voted the least important for marital success.

“Companionship emerged as the most crucial element for success in a marriage in the survey organised in connection with Matrimony Day, which falls on April 14. The majority of the people who took part in our survey believed that marriage was a divine union that should not be broken,” Murugavel Janakiraman, CEO and founder, BharatMatrimony, said in a press statement.

There were other issues in the survey too.

Nearly 38 percent of the respondents said they would sacrifice their freedom for the sake of their marriage, but 28 percent were not sure about this. The remaining 34 percent were sure they would not give up their freedom to save their marriage.

About 34.5 percent were open to the idea of pre-marital sex, though a majority of 41.4 percent frowned at the idea, while 24 percent preferred to maintain a neutral stand.

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