Reveal the Secrets of Lasting Relationships
In our unceasing
quest to bring you the news you
need to live your life in a more fulfilling, Oprah-like manner, we recently
polled nearly three thousand North American couples to find out what makes
relationships work. OK, maybe "polled" is too strong a word. Actually,
a group of us sat around the office late at night, sipping vodka gimlets
and randomly dialing telephone numbers. But the results were astounding!
Take a look.
men said "mediocre or better" sex, or having sex at least 8 times a
week (regardless of quality), was the key factor that kept them committed
to a woman. (1% of the respondents did not speak English or French and,
hence, could not understand the question.)
women said "signing a prenuptial agreement" was the most important factor
in maintaining a committed relationship
78% of married women cited "having my feelings and opinions heard and
considered" by their mate as the most important factor in a relationship
married men said "pretending to listen and care about her feelings"
was the most important factor in getting sex from their mate
men felt having their wife or girlfriend "dress up as Anne Robinson"
for sex would help keep them satisfied
women claimed not to know who Anne Robinson is and sobbed over why their
husband or boyfriend had to fantasize about someone besides them
men felt a woman's "inability to control her emotions" made them want
to "pull back" from a relationship
women felt "all men are too immature to have a fulfilling relationship"
men said "that's it, I'm going to the bar, and now I suppose you'll
be calling your mother"
women then "called their mothers"
men stayed overnight with "friends"
women threw their mate's belongings "out on the front lawn for him to
come and get"
men's buddies urged their friend to "reconsider leaving the cash cow"
women were willing to make the first "conciliatory phone call"
men moved back in, promising "never to leave the toilet seat up"
women agreed the "toilet seat issue" was the most difficult aspect to
negotiate in a relationship
We hope you're
able to put these statistics to good use in your relationship. Remember,
numbers never lie, and nothing's more normal than average.