While his company was going public and raking in over $100 billion on its initial public offering, Mark Zuckerberg—Facebook’s founder and creative front man—was tying the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan.
The couple had been together since their Harvard days nearly a decade before, but amid the news of their nuptials, we learned of an interesting request Chan made before agreeing to move across the country to join Zuckerberg in Palo Alto. Before uprooting her life, she apparently made him sign a relationship contract stipulating she was entitled to “one date per week, a minimum of a hundred minutes of alone time, not in his apartment and definitely not at Facebook.”
The folks over at Zoosk, the social networking dating site, asked their readers how they felt about relationship contracts, and 75% of respondents say they like the idea of agreeing on specific terms while dating.
Alex Mehr, Zooks’s CEO explains: “Americans of all ages and relationship statuses lead increasingly busy lives, so the idea of a ‘relationship contract’ to ensure quality time with your significant other is something more people might start to think about.”
Initially I scoffed at the idea of a relationship contact because it seemed to take all of the spontaneity out of a relationship, but the more I thought about it, the more they made sense, especially if you two are serious.
But what do you think? Would you use a relationship contract while dating? What would you include in your contract?