6 Things to Know About Open Relationships

Open relationships or relationships that aren’t monogamous are becoming increasingly popular. Or, at least, they begin to be seen as a normal thing. In spite of this relative openness, there are still many prejudices on this topic. However, an open relationship is an option that more and more young couples choose. Recent studies have shed some light over this type of relationship, revealing some interesting things about it.

What is an open relationship?

An open relationship usually begins when two people in a monogamous relationship make a consensual decision to explore non-monogamy. This can include a lot of things, such as the introduction of new sexual partners into the couple, going to an erotic massage session without dealing with your partner’s jealousy or the development of other romantic relationships outside of the couple. An open relationship is free of constraints and can be personalized taking into account the preferences of the partners.

What do we know so far about open relationships?

Here are six interesting things everyone should know about open relationships.

1. Gay partners are more prone to open relationships

Open relationships are more common among homosexual partners, and less among heterosexual ones. Furthermore, non-monogamous relationships are more popular among gay couples than among lesbian ones.

2. Men are more prone to an open relationship

Up to 40% of men and up to 25% of women would be willing to consider being involved in an open relationship. In this regard, it’s also worth mentioning that many people would be willing to try this type of relationship if it would be widely accepted by society.

3. We are born monogamous. Or not.

People can have a natural tendency for or against monogamous relationships. There are completely monogamous people, as there are people who can’t, under any circumstances, stay faithful in a monogamous relationship. Furthermore, there are people who are somewhere in the middle.

4. Open relationships can lead to a sense of inferiority

The stigma about open relationships is still very strong and extremely persuasive. In fact, people involved in an open relationship are considered worse than monogamous individuals when it comes to engagement, trust, jealousy, generosity, education, success etc.

This leads to what is called the halo effect, through which all these negative perceptions extend to aspects that have nothing to do with amorous relationships. The stigma becomes so great that even those involved in open relationships begin to see themselves as inferior to those who are involved in monogamous relationships.

5. More sexually responsible

Those who are involved in an open relationship seem to be more responsible when it comes to sexual health and protection. In this regard, they tend to consume, on average, less alcohol and fewer drugs, as well as to pay more attention to methods of protection during sex.

6. No more jealousy

People involved in an open relationship are less jealous than those in a monogamous relationship, especially when talking about homosexual couples. This is not surprising, however, because an open relationship implies acceptance of the fact that the official partner can have other partners. While jealousy doesn’t completely disappear from these relationships, it happens on a much smaller scale.

All these interesting things above show us that open relationships are not at all harmful to any of the people involved. They are consensual and, according to those who experience them, really fun.

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