Do Couples Who Share Chores Have Better Sex Lives?
If you’re still looking for ways to motivate your guy to help out around the house, perhaps this will help. According to the Huffington Post, a recent study suggests that couples who share chores have better sex lives and also, that they have sex more often than couples with one partner who doesn’t pull their share of the weight.
The study was conducted by family ecology professor at the University of Alberta, Matt Johnson. He was inspired to do so after he heard about a 2002 report that suggested that couples had less sex when men helped out with chores. Johnson’s instinct and experience as a professional therapist left him feeling that this couldn’t be right, so he conducted his own study to set the record straight.
Johnson poured over data from a five-year study of 1,338 German couples. He found that sharing responsibilities does improve a couple’s sex life because it all comes down to respect. If both parties feel that the other partner is pulling his or her weight, there is less strife in the relationship, which means partners are more likely to engage in intimate activity.
“A division of household labor perceived to be fair ensures that partners feel respected while carrying out the tasks of daily life,” said Johnson. “Completing housework may or may not be enjoyable, but knowing that a partner is pulling his weight prevents anger and bitterness, creating more fertile ground in which a (satisfying) sexual encounter may occur.”
While there are some issues with the study, including that it doesn’t specifically define what’s considered “fair” and also that German society tends to have more traditional gender roles within the household, it seems logical that shared responsibilities would improve relationship and marital satisfaction.