Attention all doting boyfriends who'd like to get laid more often: it’s time to don your man-aprons, because a new study published in the Journal of Family Psychology found that couples who help each other with household chores have better sex lives.
“In any relationship, the amount of housework is going to mean something different based on the couple’s context. Based on their own expectations for what each partner should be doing, and their comparison levels of what happens with other couples they know,” explained Dr. Matt Johnson, a family ecology professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta, in the paper.
With that said, data analyzed from 1,338 couples who’d been together for five years revealed that men who felt they did their fair share of housework reported having a lot more sex, with both sides of the relationship rating their sex lives as pretty damn satisfying.
Obviously, if all the cooking and cleaning is left for your lovely lady, she’s either going to do all of it and be pissed off, or leave chores undone and be pissed off. Either way, she’s not going to be too turned on by your lazy ass lounging on the couch while she has sudsy dish water running down her arms.
In fact, another study found that bitterness over the division of housework, especially if women perceived the division as unfair, usually leads to breakups and divorces. “When those feelings are in a relationship, it’s not conducive to a healthy and satisfying sex life,” said Johnson, about his study’s findings. “Simply doing one’s fair share of household labor likely insulates the relationship from these negative feelings.”
So gentlemen, get to work. Grab the hamper and do some laundry, because your girlfriend will be hella turned on at the sight of you battling a freshly washed fitted sheet. Mo’ chores, mo’ sex.
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