The Surprising Way Your Marriage Will Change After 10 Years

First Year of Marriage

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We all know that falling in love is no ephemeral thing: The feeling lasts for years, decades, and hopefully a lifetime. And when you're engaged and about to marry the man of your dreams, it's hard to imagine a time when you wouldn't say "I love you" to each other. Well, a new study shows that after just a decade, the frequency with which you say those momentous three words can decrease drastically.

According to YouGov's latest study, which polled 2,072 people, after a decade spent with their partners, just 33 percent of women and men still tell their significant other or spouse that they love them. The study uncovered that partnerships and marriages become more pragmatic and unidealistic the longer that two people stay with one another. Their relationship becomes teeped in comfort and trustworthiness, rather than desire.

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On the other hand, close to 50 percent of those in a relationship spanning two to five years still said the words "I love you" to their partner everyday, while 20 percent of those in retirement said the years after they became a retiree were some of the best in their relationship.

The stats really aren't totally surprising. The way your heart is aflutter with new love does diminish over time, but that doesn't mean that it dissolves — it just evolves. After all, "love" is so much more than just a word.

What do you think: Do these stats surprise you? Sound off on Twitter. Tweet us @BRIDES!

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