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Relationships formed through work most likely to end in marriage

Relationships are most likely to end in marriage if you met your partner at work, a new survey claims.

Fourteen per cent of the respondents in the poll of 2,000 people had met their eventual partner through work , and 11 per cent through friends. Those who were already friends with their partners before they began a relationship came next on the list.

Others met their eventual spouses through university or via online dating.

Just over 50 per cent said the way in which you meet a person will affect the success or failure of the relationship. Twenty per cent said they had refused to pursue a  relationship because they thought the circumstances in which they had met the other person meant it was doomed to failure.

Respondents cited pubs, nightclubs, parties and holidays as amongst the ways of meeting someone least likely to lead to a long term relationship.

Twenty five per cent of those currently in a relationship said they returned to significant locations on anniversaries or at other special times.

The survey was commissioned to mark the release of the eighth season of sitcom How I Met Your Mother on DVD.

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  1. Tulsa Divorce Lawyer Matt Ingham says:

    hmmm….not sure what to make of this one.

  2. Andrew says:

    Considering how much time most people spend at work, they will know any partner-then-spouse they meet there thoroughly – so perhaps this is not surprising.

    I cannot resist mentioning that I met my wife of 34 years when we both visited the same patient, whom she knew as a neighbour and I as a friend of a friend, in hospital!

  3. JamesB says:

    An article written by women for women. Personally don’t agree with dating work colleagues.

  4. JamesB says:

    Personally I don’t agree with mixing them.

  5. Andrew says:

    Neither do most people, but when two people float each others’ boats, it will not matter to them how they met!

  6. Tulsa Divorce Lawyer Matt Ingham says:

    yeah I have to agree with JamesB and Andrew on this one.

  7. Stitchedup says:

    I wonder how many of these work romances start off as affairs between people that are already in relationships. Perhaps I’m just being cynical.

  8. Luke says:

    It’s a really foolish idea for a man to have a relationship at work, because if it ends badly and she is vindictive (I’m not saying all women are) she has the power to get you out of your job – you are pretty much at her mercy if she makes complaints because HR will not want the potential legal ramifications and will side with her regardless if she talks of harassment or some such complaint.

    I’ve seen this happen.

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