The common wisdom is that men enjoy sex, while women enjoy cuddling more. Years of experts, research and media reports have reinforced this traditional view when it comes to human sexuality.
But a new survey from the Kinsey Institute of Indiana University suggests that hugging and kissing — otherwise known as “cuddling” — is actually more important to men than women.
The results are based upon a scientific survey conducted in five countries and with over 1,000 couples.
Men who agreed that regular cuddling was a part of their relationship were on average three times happier than those where such cuddling was absent.
The people who took the survey in the five countries — U.S., Germany, Spain, Brazil and Japan — were between 40 and 70 years of age. Couples had to be living together for at least a year in order to take part in the survey, but the mean time together was 25 years, suggesting the survey’s results may be more applicable to older relationships — and older people — than younger ones.
The researchers also found that the longer women are in a relationship, the more they enjoy sex.
“It’s possible that women became more satisfied over time because their expectations change, or life changes when their children grow up,” the report’s author, Julia Heiman, told one news organization.
The survey also found that American woman trail women from Brazil in Japan in sexual satisfaction.
The study was published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.
Source: Archives of Sexual Behavior