Is the economic meltdown pulling couples closer together, or pushing them apart?
Every time I see the news, there’s another bit on how the crisis is affecting relationships. People dating more because they are looking for comfort. People dating less ’cause it’s expensive. Married couples arguing, hiding spending. And then we find out that more men are being laid off than women.
I do think men tie their sense of self-worth to their careers more closely than women do. And of course, men tend not to talk about it if they’re feeling anxious. (Share feelings? No thanks.) Women care about their jobs, too, they just tend to have a different, get-on-with-it perspective. (Feel free to disagree with me.)
These differences can lead to major problems in tough times–sex can go awol, the blame game can take over, you name it. If the downturn keeps going, will women and men be able to connect? Or will we become a nation of separate bedrooms?
So I am interested, are these stressful times affecting your relationship? How are you coping? Tips? Just bitching is okay, too…