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1 plus 1 = 312

January 20, 2011 - Rob Weaver
Perhaps you’ve already heard about a study which claims to show the average couple — at least, the average pair in the United Kingdom — has 312 arguments each year.

“Minor irritations such as leaving wet towels on the bed, flicking between TV channels and hoarding bits and bobs cause most of the 312 arguments that the average couple has each year, researchers say,” reads an article in The Daily Mail. (To read the entire article, click here:

The statistics emerged in a study of 3,000 adults by

Now, I’m not criticizing The Daily Mail staff, but basic math should lead a reporter or editor to question that stat. Simple subtraction reveals the discrepancy:

365 (days in a year) minus 312 (arguments per year) equals 53.

That would imply the average couple avoids each other somehow — vacations? late shifts? — 53 days each year. Or, the partners manage to avoid arguing for 53 days.

See? The figures just don’t jibe.

I hope this doesn’t lead to an argument. ...


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