Fewer Sex Partners = Happier Marriages, Study Finds
La Jolla – A study conducted by an organization that focuses on strengthening marriage and family life has found that men and women who have fewer sexual partners prior to getting hitched tend to have happier marriages.
The Institute of Family Studies found that 65 percent of women who have just one sexual partner “reported being happy in their marriages, compared to 57 percent of women who have had more than 21 sexual partners,” reported Metro in the United Kingdom.
The study found that among men, 71 percent who had one sexual partner reported being happy with their marriage, compared to 65 percent of men who had two or more sexual partners.
Nicholas Wolfinger, a sociologist at the University of Utah, authored the study. He found that Americans whose only sexual partner was their spouses are most likely to report being in a “very happy” marriage, according to an article in The Atlantic. The article went on to state:
“Meanwhile, the lowest odds of marital happiness—about 13 percentage points lower than the one-partner women—belong to women who have had six to 10 sexual partners in their lives. For men, there’s still a dip in marital satisfaction after one partner, but it’s never as low as it gets for women…”
You might read this information and believe that religion plays the key role in determining whether couples have premarital sex, and whether virgins wind up feeling happier in marriages. Not so fast. It could be that those who don’t engage in premarital sex value marriage more highly, and in turn feel more satisfied by it, Wolfinger said.
Pop culture often suggests otherwise, but Americans are generally “a pretty chaste people,” The Atlantic article stated. “The median American woman born in the 1980s, Wolfinger writes, has had only three sexual partners in her lifetime, and the median man six.”
Having even less sexual experience than that might make your significant other your dream man simply by virtue of being your spouse, the article stated.
If this ship has already sailed for you, there are studies that show other elements that help boost marital happiness. Women who have a bachelor’s degree, attend religious services, or have an income of more than $78,000 a year also report happier marriages, Wolfinger said.
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