Surprising Results From New Relationship Studies

shutterstock_19349758It may be hard to predict if a relationship may become successful. But that does not mean that researchers cannot study and differentiate what makes relationships successful and what will not. Several studies were conducted about the dynamics of relationship success. Sometimes, the results may be surprising. Here are some surprising study results regarding the modern relationship.

Sleeping Apart May Help Relationships

It seems that sleeping apart may also have a benefit for many relationships. According to a recent study by Toronto researchers, around 30 to 40 percent of couples reported sleeping in separate beds at night. Instead of ruining a relationship, the researchers found out that it could have some beneficial outcome that can actually help relationships.

Although couples say that they sleep better when together, monitoring their brains while sleeping shows that they are continually awakened by movement or sound. This can affect the quality of sleep that each one may have. On the other hand, couples who sleep on separate beds have less disturbance and better sleep quality. This helps them become less cranky when waking up, resulting in a happier relationship.

Woman’s Face Determines Relationship Length

According to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Stirling and the University of Glasgow, a woman’s facial features may determine relationship length. The researchers examined 393 heterosexual men online to see if men have certain preferences in a woman’s facial features when determining the length of their relationships. The participants were shown ten paired images of women. One had been transformed to possess masculine traits while the other with feminine traits. The men were then instructed to rate who they find attractive in each pair of images, also indicating which they find attractive for short-term and long-term relationships.

The results of the study indicated that men tend to choose feminine traits as attractive for short-term relationships. Men are likely to prefer attractive feminine features when considering having flings. Surprisingly, men tend to prefer the less attractive of the pair when they consider long-term relationships. It shows an interesting insight into the male mindset when it comes to choosing a partner.

Long Distance Relationships Now Happier, Deeper

Absence does make the heart grow fonder, at least according to new research. It suggests that many couples in long-distance relationships are now happier. Long distance couples now state that the distance between them does not have a negative effect on the relationship as it once did. Researchers conducted a study on 63 heterosexual couples, half of which are living together while the other half maintaining a long distance relationship. The couples studied were young, with the couples who were separated geographically have been in such a setup for an average of 17 months. The couples were then instructed to keep a diary of their interactions with their partner on a weekly basis.

The researchers found out that the long-distance couples have the fewer interactions. But each interaction were considered more meaningful than those by couples who live together. The long distance couples seem to give more meaning to each “meeting”, with each partner more sensitive to their partner’s responses. Couples who live together on the other hand, seem to make less effort to be more sensitive to their partners’ responses. It seems that the lesser opportunities for interaction with their partners have given more value to the relationship. Long-distance couples seem to give more value to their time with each other. Use of modern technology such as instant messaging, Skype and video calls certainly helped keep long-distance couples become closer.


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