The results of two recent studies were shocking! Scientists from the USA and Canada, at the same time, came to the same conclusions! 20% of people, that is, 1 in 5, was in an open relationship at least once.
The works of American scientists were presented back in 2016. But the results from the University of Canada are just starting to get attention.
The study involved 2,003 adults between the ages of 18 and 94. And we share with you some provisions:
- 2.4% of the participants said they were in an open relationship. To achieve the goals, psychologists have defined an "open relationship" as a relationship in which "both partners agree that each of them can be in sexual and / or romantic intimacy with other people, separately from each other. Both partners agree to these terms, and jointly set out the rules on what is acceptable. At the same time, partners are open and honest in sexual or romantic activity with a partner. Polyamorous and swing relationships are two types of open relationships. "
- Among those participants who are in a romantic relationship, 4% described the relationship as open. And this figure is in line with the results of other scientific papers that have shown that 5% of people in relationships are not monogamous by consensus.
- Men compared to women (25% versus 15%, respectively) more often created open relationships. Since men are interested in NOT monogamy by mutual agreement.
- Young people are more experienced in the issue of free relationships than older respondents.
- 12% of participants admitted that an open relationship is a dream. They would like more freedom, choice and variety.
- Representatives of monogamous and free-type relationships do not differ in terms of relationship satisfaction. That is, people tend to be less happy in a couple when there is a mismatch between the actual and ideal type of relationship.
These findings are important because they further reinforce the idea that people have a preference for different relationships. And from this they become happier.