Before you read any further, I feel compelled to disclose that this is NOT a sponsored post or a review for snacks. I’m not endorsing any particular snacks at all but I did make a recent discovery about them.
They just might be the key to a successful marriage.
Keep reading. I have a lot of non-empirical evidence to prove my point.
It started a few Saturdays ago when I was at book club (side note: we read Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple and I absolutely adored it). Each month, one of the fabulous ladies in my neighborhood picks the selection for the month and then hosts book club on a Saturday night. They provide the snacks and drinks (because we all know book club is just a ruse for women to get together and drink wine) and after an hour or so of chit chat, we actually sit and discuss the book.
But before we got into the heart of the book discussion, we talked about something more important, namely, the snacks. Some women were salivating over the s’mores dip served with graham crackers whereas others of us were hovering over the potato chips and snarfing hummus. I casually mentioned an observation I had started to make about husbands and wives and various other configurations of committed relationships.
It goes something like this.
He likes the sweet stuff. She likes the salty stuff.
She likes the sweet stuff and he’s all about the salty.
But it’s always the opposite. I asked every woman at book club and in my informal poll, each partner had a definite preference for one over the other. Now, it doesn’t mean you don’t like sweet or salty. It just means that if you were at a party and saw a bowl of M&Ms and a bowl of pretzels, you know exactly which one you would hit first. And don’t ask me about the complications of the new M&M Pretzels. My brain can’t handle that.
It was a fun little observation that maybe there’s something to this “opposites attract” theory we’ve heard about for years. Or at least when it comes to communal snacking. But I needed more evidence. HARD evidence. So I took the question to Facebook and Twitter. And then it got a little freaky.
And on it went. Between Facebook and Twitter, I found that in about 30 couples there was a strong representation of relationships where one partner preferred salty over sweet. In fact, out of those 30 couples, only about 3 people said that they didn’t follow suit in some way. And here’s what I have to say to those 3 people. I’m sorry if it doesn’t work out.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. My research is flawed. For example:
- One person was responding for each couple and perhaps they were responding incorrectly. Then again, mostly women answered and we usually know what our spouses opinions are. Or should be.
- Some people didn’t really understand the question. Of course you can like both. I like both. But do you choose the pretzels or M&Ms first? You have to decide.
- There’s no indication that these couples are together happily. I simply made that assumption otherwise I would have expected to see something like, “Me: sweet. Him: salty, that inconsiderate bastard.”
- There’s no control group. Assuming these are representative of happy couples, we would need to then look at unhappy couples, namely those that are no longer together, to find out if the snacking preference is what ultimately led to the relationship’s downfall.
- This is a very small sampling. The number of married couples in the United States is estimated to be 2,096,000. My 30 or so couples represent a percentage of that number that is so small I didn’t even understand the answer the calculator gave me (1.4312977e-05 in case you were wondering). Aha! BUT 27 out of 30 couples is NINETY PERCENT. Yeah, I’m onto something.
In conclusion, I’d like to simply state that there is an observation that in relationships one person appears to prefer salty snacks and one prefers sweet. In my marriage, he’s the sweet and I’m the salty. I like to think it balances things out. I don’t get mad if he eats the last cookie and he doesn’t get mad at me for eating the last of the chips (as long as there’s still one cookie left). My husband even suggested I apply for a research grant to study this since the government throws money at frivolous projects anyway. If this blog post can serve as my grant proposal, I’m in.
Now, help me continue the research by telling me the snack situation in your marriage.