Sex and household chores are 2 of the most common topics US and Canadian couples disagree about (eHarmony study, 2010). In fact, household chores were one of the top 3 sources of disagreement for couples in Brazil, the UK, and Australia. Sex was a major source of disagreement for US, Canadian, and Australian couples.
Although these are major areas of conflict, they are also part of what makes a relationship function well. Participants in the Pew Research study ranked faithfulness, sex, and sharing household chores as the most important qualities that make a marriage work (Pew Research study, 2007).
How are they related? And what does this mean for men?
According to research, the more housework men do, the happier their wives are (CCF, 2008). More housework done by men is associated with greater happiness and less conflict in the relationship (Coltrane, 2000). And since sexual frequency increases with marital happiness (Call et al., 1995), more household chores means a happier relationship and, therefore, more sex. In other words, if you are a man wanting more sex in your relationship, the vacuum cleaner could be your best ally.
What about for women? Research shows that household chores are also related to more sex for women too. Click here to continue reading…