You may think you are an expert when it comes relationships, but then again, medical science is constantly revealing facts about sex and lovethat can surely surprise you. Here are 12 interesting facts about the birds and the bees that might help you deal with your current romantic state of mind.
1. GUYS AREN’T SCARED OF MEET-THE-PARENTS SCENES
If you think setting a date to meet your parents will surely scare your guy away, you are wrong.
Surveys have revealed that 48 percent of guys who want to take the relationship to a new level would like to meet the girl’s parents first.
This is either out of pure respect, or he just wants to make sure you do not have overprotective parents.
2. YOUR SEXY PHOTOS COULD GO VIRAL
Think before you click the “send” button. Sending a naughty photo will surely make your guy think of what he is missing. Sadly, though, not all guys are worth your trust. In one survey, 23 percent of single guys admitted sharing the racy photos they received with their buddies.
3. WITH OR WITHOUT ORGASM, SEX CAN STILL BE SATISFYING
It is a given fact that sexually and physically healthy men can easily achieve orgasm while women with the same health condition may find it difficult and sometimes even impossible to reach orgasm, especially if they are single.
On the good side, though orgasm may be elusive for single women, 49 percent of them still find their sex lives satisfying compared to 44 percent sexually-satisfied single men.
4. MANY PEOPLE STILL BELIEVE IN MARRIAGE
You may think many people prefer to stay single than deal with the commitment that comes with marriage, yet a study says otherwise. Nine out of 10 singles desire to marry in the future, even though it is less likely to take place in the next coming years. People may prefer to get married at the age of 30 or 40, but this does not mean they are cynical about love and marriage.
5. WOMEN ARE LIKELY TO DO BACKGROUND CHECKS
With the existence of social networking sites, women can easily search for clues if a guy is a pervert or if he has the potential of being a psycho.
Seriously though, in a study, 48 percent of women admitted checking out a guy’s background on Facebook before going out on a date. At least this is one way of putting these sites to good use.
6. MONEY TROUBLES MAY KEEP YOU FROM HAVING A ROMANTIC LIFE
This one is no surprise, but still included in the list for different reasons. For guys, you better keep your financial status a secret during the first dates because according to a survey, 65 percent of single women would not date men with debt adding up to over $5,000. This is a huge percentage you should not ignore.
7. SPOUSES TEND TO HAVE SIMILAR GENETIC STRUCTURES
Without question, people often choose to marry someone whom they share several similar characteristics like age, religious and political views, educational and family background and someone who shares the same interests.
But, did you know that many people tend to pair up unknowingly with someone who has similar DNA to them?
In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, people are likely to choose life partners with similar DNA. Researchers investigated if the genes play a silent role in choosing romantic partners. Surprisingly, the findings showed that out of the 825 couples, majority of them have similar genetics while there were few who were not.
8. ROMANTIC COMEDY FLICKS MAY HELP STRENGTHEN YOUR MARRIAGE
A knight in shining armorwho will save you from the fire-breathing dragon, a prince charming who will take you to his castle or a dashing millionaire who will sweep you off your feet – these are qualities almost every girl aspires for when searching for a partner.
Thanks to most movies nowadays, many people have almost non-existent ideas when it comes to healthy relationships.
But, Matthew Johnson, Ph.D., director of Marriage and Family Studies Laboratory at Binghamton University disproved this notion. In a study he conducted, couples who seek counseling and those who were tasked to watch movies have almost the same results. Both were able to lower the participating couples divorce rate to 50 percent after three years.
What you should do is find the right movies that reflect your current marital issues, and then discuss how it relates to your current situation.
9. WOMEN CAN SPEAK SEXY, MEN CAN’T
Researchers from Albright University found out that women can alter their voices to make them sound sexy. Women can send a sexy message by making her voice sound husky, breathy and low, but men who did the same sounded awful.
In most cases, a husky voice won’t attract men because normally, they prefer women with feminine voices, says Susan Hughes, Ph.D, one of the authors of the study.
10. SEXUAL AROUSAL MAKES YOU REACT LESS TO REPULSIVE THINGS
It’s disgusting when you see your partner’s saliva dripping on the pillow, but how come you don’t get grossed out when his or her saliva is all over your body when having sex? That is because sexual arousal suppresses your body’s repulsive response.
In a study done by researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, most of the women who watched sensual films were able to complete the task of drinking from a cup with a bug in it compared to those who watched a wholesome video.
11. OLDER PEOPLE HAVE SEX, TOO
Do you think grandma and grandpa only snooze off when in the bedroom?A lot of people find it repulsive whenever they hear old people sharing their sexcapades. It’s no surprise.
Many of us, young or old, think sex is only for the young and not for older, wrinkled bodies. Their physical looks and health conditions may deteriorate with age, but these things don’t stop other old couples from doing the deed.
Many studies suggest that senior citizens still have sex, and they still find it satisfying. Why? Because they don’t go to work, their children are away and getting pregnant is not a worry anymore. Sex is better without the worries getting in the way, right?
12. HITCHED PEOPLE ARE LIKELY TO LIVE LONGER
Although researchers cannot fully understand why, they know for sure that married people tend to live longer. Some studies suggest that married cancer patients have higher rates of surviving the disease.
Other studies show that married people are less likely to develop heart disease. Perhaps, being in love does wonders for the body that medical science hasn’t discovered yet.
Sex is one of those subjects most people find fascinating. And, as long as medical science continues to research it, there will be many more surprising discoveries coming in the future. Hopefully, research studies and surveys can help people learn more about sex, love and relationships, so they can live happy, healthy lives.