Polygamous relationships are just as successful
If you are a fan of reading and going by relationship surveys, read them with a disclaimer. Reason? Non-monogamous relationships are not counted.
A report in the British publication Independent cites a new study published in Perspectives on Psychological Science. The research claims that relationship studies may be flawed because primacy is given to monogamous (people sticking with one partner) unions, while non-monogamous relationships are often just as successful.
Researchers from the University of Michigan, US, who tried to discover whether previous studies were skewed to promote monogamy, concluded that the way we study relationships is problematic. According to Terri Conley, the study’s lead author, our attitudes to monogamy are ‘so ingrained as to be invisible’.
“It’s not even that we think about it being right. We just see it as the only way,” she said. The researchers surveyed over 2,000 people over the age of 25, 617 of whom were in consensual polygamous relationships. After assessing a range of factors such as jealousy, passion, trust and general satisfaction, they found that polyamorous relationships functioned just as well as the monogamous ones.