You’re a man and you have trouble washing dishes or doing laundry? Well this study may change your way of thinking . A recent study states that dividing household chores between the members of the couple improves the sexual life of the couple.
Therefore, washing the dishes after lunch and dinner, sweeping and washing the living room every day or ironing your partner’s clothes can provide you with a more active and satisfying sex life . This study contradicts the results of research carried out in the United States in 2012, which concluded that men who carried out household tasks (doing laundry, cooking, etc.) had a less satisfactory and less active sex life.
Couples who share household chores equally have more and better sex
The study was conducted in Canada, at the University of Alberta, and found that heterosexual couples had more frequent and better quality sex when both members contributed to the household chores . The results revealed that when a man felt that he was making fair contributions to household chores and the woman felt that she was not doing them alone, the couple tended to make love more often and both members enjoyed it more.
The research was conducted by Matt Johnson, a member of the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta. Johnson disagreed with the results of research conducted in the United States in 2012, which concluded that men who performed household tasks (such as doing laundry, eating, washing clothes, etc.) had a less satisfactory and active sex life. According to him: “These findings did not fit with my intuition and my own experience as a family therapist.
To carry out the research, he analyzed data from a five-year German study involving 1,338 German couples. After the analysis, Johnson found that his intuition was right. As the results revealed, helping with household chores does not lead to a less satisfactory sex life, but quite the opposite .
Respect seems to be the cause of a more satisfying sex life
But his conclusion is not that the woman is excited to see a man doing the housework, it is a matter of respect . “An equal division of household chores makes the couple feel respected on a daily basis,” Johnson says.
She adds: “Doing housework may not be fun, but when women know that their partner is working hard at home, there is less conflict and it helps prevent anger, creating an environment for a more satisfying sex life.
Other studies claim a relationship between sharing household tasks and marital satisfaction
The researcher explains that “there may be small cultural differences between countries. For example, Germans tend to be more traditional about gender roles in doing household chores than Americans. But “this study has only assessed the relationship between doing housework and greater satisfaction in the couple’s sex life,” especially when women perceive that the husband is also involved in housework.
These findings confirm the results of another study by Brian Ogolsky published in April 2014 in the Journal of Sex Roles , which stated that there was a positive correlation between sharing household tasks and marital satisfaction . For this study, researchers analyzed 220 couples who were married in the last two years, and found that adjusting and fulfilling expectations about household chores was essential to a good marriage.
Understanding the importance of carrying out household tasks as a team by partners can lead to the breakdown or maintenance of the marriage. “In the United States, ambiguity in the division of household tasks often leads to tension and resentment,” concluded the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers in another study conducted in 2007.
Conclusions: an excuse to end sexism at home
This article shows the importance of sharing household chores in a couple’s day-to-day life for essential reasons: for a better sex life as a couple and for a long-lasting marriage.
Regarding Johnson’s research, the results are important for couples, as they show the influence of respect between members of the couple for greater intimacy and better sex. However, the underlying issue is the need for our society to move towards more flexible gender roles, and for all people to assume their responsibility to contribute to domestic issues, regardless of whether they are male or female .