William Paterson University Study: Money Won’t Make Your Relationship Work

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – It turns out the Beatles were right when they sang “Money can’t buy me love.”

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell On The Story

“The more emphasis you put on money and material things, the less satisfied you will be in your relationships,” says Luke Dean, a financial planning professor at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

His research finds one materialistic person in a relationship leads to conflict. Two materialistic people leads to more conflict.

“When individuals place too much emphasis on money and material things, they’re taking their focus off other things, like their relationship,” Dean told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.

Dean studied more than 1,700 married couples.

He found the less materialistic the people were, the happier they were.

“The lesson is that we should focus more on people and relationships than on money and material things,” said Dean.

The study was published this week in the “Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy.”

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  • Chris

    Would your girlfriend be just as happy with a ring half the price?
    I think thats the question you should ask your self. Hopefully she doesnt Lose it down the shower Drain.

  • Saturn

    Umm, didn’t the Bible already say this? Glad I didn’t spend tuition money to learn this fact.

  • ttrue nyc

    Not to long ago i asked my girl friend to marry me. I pulled out a $11,000 ring she looked very happy to me. If she happy i’m happy. Money is a very important part of everyone’s life. Don’t listing to all this horny bored old man.

    • Randy

      It sounds like you have two materialistic people in your relationship. You might want to take the study to heart before going through with it.

    • mj

      case in point ……

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