Posted: Sunday, Dec. 09, 2012
Photo by Lora Denton Photography.
Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that couples start to look alike over time? I didnt, and when someone told me about the study, I had to find out more. Am I really going to look like Robert in 25 years?Turns out studies have proved couples do look similar over time, but I dont have to worry about getting Roberts sideburns or anything. The similarities appear in a couples facial expressions. For example, couples who laugh together will each develop laugh lines. Similarly, couples who are unhappy will show stress in their facial features. When examiners looked at pictures of the married couples, these shared features helped them to determine which couples were married and which werent. You can find out more here.This study left me thinking about my own relationship with Robert. In the grand scheme of things, we haven't been together very long. We'll have been together six years at the end of this month, but are we already starting to look similar? Ive always thought we had some similar features, such as our blue eyes and our hair colour. Of course, Ive dyed my hair now and his blues eyes are much sharper.When I started thinking about other details, I did think of one thing that makes us alike. Ive noticed that weve started wearing the same colours when we go out together. It isn't all the time, but on days where I wear blue, I notice that Robert wears blue as well. We dont plan to wear the same colours, it just happens. I try not to point it out because I find it an adorable confirmation of how in-sync we are.
Weve certainly been through a lot of emotional moments within our six years together. If any shared laugh lines or stress markers were to appear, weve had enough experiences to inspire them. The study implies the features grow after several years together (25+), but for fun, I did add some pictures to see. Do you think we look similar already? How similar are you and your spouse?
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