The liberal drive for gender diversity in all workplaces may be resulting in a slew of unsatisfactory marriages, as new research has found that husbands are unhappy when their wives earn more money than them.
The fresh study also revealed that men get a â€œpsychological kickâ€ in life satisfaction if a salary boost widens the gap between their salary and that of their wives.
The phenomenon appears to be a â€œmale-specificâ€ issue, as women do not experience the same competitive thrill if the situation is reversed.
The researchers from City, University of London found that husbands who earned more than their wives reported a life dissatisfaction rate of 11 percent. This number rose dramatically for those who earned less than their wives, jumping by more than a third to 18 percent.
Sociologist Dr. Vanessa Gash, who co-authored the new paper, believes the results show the ideal of the male breadwinner may still be â€œbigger than we give credit for.â€
â€œMen appear to need to be the bigger earners in a marriage to feel good about themselves,â€ Dr Gash, said to the Times. â€œThereâ€™s no equivalent feeling for women, so itâ€™s a male-specific phenomenon.â€
The scientists studied data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study between 2009 and 2017 to examine how the â€˜partner pay gapâ€™ affected wellbeing.