Commutes. They’re dull; they’re stressful. They’re even hilariously frustrating, if you’re Ron Livingston in the movie Office Space. But could a commute hurt your relationship?
A 10-year study from Sweden suggests that the answer is yes.1 More than two million married or cohabiting Swedes (from an annually updated database containing the entire Swedish population) were included in this study on long-distance commuting. In the study, a “long-distance commute” was defined as a commute spanning 30 kilometers (approximately 18.6 miles) or more, which in Sweden translates to a one-way commute lasting approximately 45 minutes by car. (The 30-kilometer distance was measured in a straight line, so the actual distances traveled were greater.) The researcher found that couples who had lengthy commutes had a 40% higher risk of separation, compared with non-commuting couples.
It seems as though there is a fairly standard list of New Year’s resolutions: lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, pay off credit card debt, and quit smoking/drinking. Perhaps you’ve gone beyond this list and added things like: spend less time on Facebook or watching TV, get organized, find a better job, fix up the house, stop procrastinating, etc.
Oddly (to us, anyways), although resolutions typically emphasize physical and mental health, they generally ignore relationship health. To address this oversight, here is list of 7 scientifically-validated ways you can improve your relationships...
This New Year’s Eve (NYE) has extra special significance for me – I am getting married! Given that this means my partner and I will have a very meaningful NYE kiss (our first as a married couple), I was reminded of this previous post on the NYE kiss. Here’s wishing you a Happy New Year and an enjoyable NYE’s kiss if you choose to lock lips at midnight.
Being single has its advantages and its disadvantages. So does being coupled. But how come single individuals AND partnered individuals vehemently defend their respective (non)relationship situations relative to the other? Samantha Joel explains.
Proving once again that context matters, Lisa Reddoch explains how self-esteem and odds of rejection influence the way people flirt. How you doin'?
Was this a sexy year for you? It sure was here at ScienceOfRelationships.com. Here are our Top 25 articles about sex from 2013:
- Getting It On vs. Getting It Over With: How Reasons for Having Sex Impact Relationships
- Sexual Compatibility: The Importance to Your Satisfaction
- Give the Gift of Simultaneous Orgasm This Valentine’s Day
- Sleep Tight...Will the Sex Dreams Bite?
- The Flavors of Female Orgasm: The Debate Continues
- Bring Out the Gimp: Personality & BDSM
- Is No Sex the New Sex?
- How Many Women Are Going Bare “Down There?”
- Manscaping: A Question of Bushwhacking
- What Does It Mean to “Make Sex Normal”?
Fred Clavél explains why physical (or virtual) presence isn't enough to make someone feel supported. You have to be there when you're there.
They (whoever "they" is) say you can't change partners to be what you want them to be. But can you shape them to be what they want to be? Sarah Stanton channels her inner Renaissance soul and lays out the evidence for the Michelangelo Phenomenon.
My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump,
My hump, my hump, my hump, my lovely little lumps.
Just which humps does he prefer -- breasts or butts? Dr. Michelle Kaufman reviews the research.
Things are always go more smoothly when friends and family approve of our relationships and relationship partners. But does that approval also affect our health? Dr. Karen Blair responds with a resounding "YES".
Husbands...If you only remember one thing you learned in 2013, it should be that providing sensitive support is especially important to your wife's relationships satisfaction. Jana Lembke explains why...