Harvard-trained psychologist Dr. Robert Epstein and student Rachel Smith just released the results of their new study that says practical skills and knowledge are more important to the overall satisfaction of a marriage than communication. For clarity, practical skills include things like paying the bills and grocery shopping, while knowledge includes knowing what dress size your wife wears or other mundane preferences. In the study, Dr. Epstein found that 40% of the couples had no idea about one another's hopes and dreams! What's also interesting is that he could predict the knowledge and skill set of a couple based on their relationship satisfaction. The study also found that in terms of demographics, Hispanic couples scored the highest, while women outscored men.
It makes you wonder, though, if this knowledge is more important than communication, how are you supposed to gain the knowledge without solid communication skills? Seems like a chicken and egg scenario. You can find out more about this study in this Time.com article.