Survey: Heartache and lovesickness can cost a country a fortune

  • Mind
  • Wednesday, 16 Oct 2019

One in six people said they missed at least one day of work due to relationship problems. — dpa

Relationship problems hurt. A heated quarrel with your partner, a painful separation, or an affair that has come to light – these things can cause sleepless nights, leaving you feeling unable to go to work the next day.

Indeed, love-life troubles are a serious economic factor, given the amount of people who say they skip work due to heartache.

Roughly one in six (that’s 16%) of respondents in a recent representative survey of adult German Internet users said they had missed at least one day of work due to a quarrel with their partner or “lovesickness”.

Assuming they stayed home for a day each, the extrapolated number of missed days Germany-wide comes to at least 6.6 million a year, resulting in a production shortfall of more than €774 million (RM3.6 billion) and a loss of over €1.4 billion (RM6.5 billion) in gross value added.

In other words: When love hurts, it can cost a country billions. The calculations are based on an employee total of 40.61 million and an average annual compensation of €42,984 (RM197,962.00).

Conducted by the Hamburg-based market research institute Fittkau & Maass Consulting, the survey was commissioned by the online dating agency ElitePartner. – dpa

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