SAN JOSE, Calif.--Nearly 60 percent of young U.S. couples surveyed argue over money at least once a month, according to PayPal’s second annual “Can’t Buy Me Love” survey. Meanwhile, issues relating to work and household responsibilities top the list for couples in the UK. In both countries, sex ranked low on the list of couples’ common arguments, coming in fifth. The research, conducted by Ipsos, examined how personal finance issues affect couples and singles in the U.S. and UK.
“The ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ survey takes a look at the role money plays in romantic relationships,” explains author and personal finance expert, Carmen Wong Ulrich. “Communicating with your partner about money is a vital part of developing and maintaining a happy relationship. It’s very interesting to see how dynamics and priorities differ between genders and nationalities.”
Arguing about money is not the only difference between U.S. couples responding to the survey and those in relationships across the pond. UK couples are more likely to have separate bank accounts (71%), while about half of American couples share bank accounts.
For the second consecutive year, the survey found that PayPal is the number two most popular reported method of payment for respondents buying their Valentine’s Day gifts online, immediately after credit cards.
Other surprising findings uncovered through PayPal’s “Can’t Buy Me Love” survey include:
About the survey
The PayPal “Can’t Buy Me Love” Survey was conducted by Ipsos from December 12, 2007 to December 18, 2007 via email invitation to online panelists. The total sample size was 3,002 respondents (1,500 U.S. and 1,502 UK), with quotas to ensure sample distribution accurately represented the online population with regard to age and gender.
Founded in 1998, PayPal, an eBay (Nasdaq:EBAY) company, enables any individual or business with an email address to send and receive payments online securely and easily using a bank account, credit card or stored balance. Because PayPal allows customers to shop online without sharing their financial information with merchants, privacy is built into the service. PayPal has nearly 164 million accounts and is available to users in 190 markets around the world. More information about the company can be found at https://www.paypal.com.
About Carmen Wong Ulrich
Carmen Wong Ulrich is an author, advice columnist, freelance editor, writer and speaker. She is the former special projects editor at Money magazine and is the author of the book Generation Debt: Take Control of Your Money (Warner Books). Carmen writes for Real Simple magazine, Essence, Shape, Health, CNNMoney.com and is an advice columnist for Latina magazine. She has appeared on CNN, CNN Headline News, Weekend TODAY, FOX’s Good Day New York, ABC News (New York), The WB11 Morning Show and the Comcast network.
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