SAT­IS­FAC­TION IS GREATER IF COU­PLES DI­VIDE HOUSE­WORK

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - MY CITY -

Afair dis­tri­bu­tion of house­work in­creases a cou­ple’s sex­ual sat­is­fac­tion, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent Amer­i­can study. This new study by Florida State Uni­ver­sity, USA, could in­crease men’s mo­ti­va­tion to do a little more house­work, even after sev­eral years of mar­riage. The study is based on the data from a sur­vey con­ducted be­tween 2004 and 2006 with more than 1,000 cou­ples with an av­er­age age of 55, who are mar­ried for an av­er­age of 27 years. The study in­di­cated that women were still do­ing twice as much house­work as their part­ner in 2013 com­pared with seven times more in the 1960s, al­though 57% of them worked full-time. “Feel­ings of un­fair­ness in house­work and other as­pects of your mar­riage can be cor­ro­sive to the re­la­tion­ship,” ex­plained Anne Bar­rett, main au­thor.

She added, “When the house­work ar­range­ment is un­fair to women, it re­duced the sex­ual sat­is­fac­tion scores — on a scale of zero to ten points — by al­most a point on av­er­age for both men and women.”

The study showed that the feel­ing of fair­ness in the divi­sion of house­hold tasks was the cri­te­ria which had the big­gest im­pact on a cou­ple’s sex life com­pared to other fac­tors such as judg­ing whether a part­ner is only do­ing ‘men’s work’ or ‘women’s work,’ or the fact that house­work eats up time that could be used for sex.

The study con­cluded that it’s im­por­tant for cou­ples to com­mu­ni­cate openly while di­vid­ing the house­hold tasks, and that each part­ner should let the other know what they’re do­ing around the house.

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