People in open relationships are as happy as their coupled-up counterparts, a new study has revealed. Also Read - 'Horror Show': 38 Puppies Found Dead On a Cargo Plane Flying From Ukraine to Canada, Investigation Underway
In consensual, non-monogamous relationships, all partners agree to engage in multiple sexual or romantic relationships, stated the study by the University of Guelph. Also Read - Humans Start Defecating in Open, Toronto Park Puts up 'Be a Good Neighbor, Pick up After Your Human' Signboards
Lead author of the study, Jessica Wood said, “We found people in consensual, non-monogamous relationships experience the same levels of relationship satisfaction, psychological well-being and sexual satisfaction as those in monogamous relationships.” Also Read - Toronto Woman's Breast Implants Deflect Bullet Shot At Her Chest, Save Her Life
However, consensually non-monogamous relationships still attract stigma, she added.
Wood further said, “They are perceived as immoral and less satisfying. They are villainized and viewed as bad people in bad relationships, but that’s not the case.”
More than 140 people in non-monogamous relationships and more than 200 in monogamous ones were surveyed for the study.
The researchers found people in non-monogamous relationships were just as satisfied with the relationship they had with their main partner as those in monogamous ones.
Wood’s analysis concluded that one important predictor of relationship satisfaction is not relationship structure but rather sexual motivation.
“This research shows us that our choice of relationship structure is not an indicator of how happy or satisfied we are in our primary relationships,” she added.
The full findings are published in -Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.