Are Relationships Experiencing a New Definition?
What is it about relationships these days? It has been reported that most couples between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five are not sure if their relationship is monogamous.
In the University of Oregon study that examined the sex lives of 434 young, heterosexual couples, 40 percent of couples had one partner who felt that their relationship was sexually exclusive, while the other claimed that there was no agreement.
Some of these behaviors can be very risky, especially if birth control and protection against sexually transmitted diseases are not used! This is one of the first studies ever done with heterosexual couples about monogamy.
Monogamy is easily the best way to protect a sexually active couple from sexually transmitted diseases, which can have devastating consequences. So, this is a talk that, although difficult, every couple needs to have whenever relationships start to get serious because the last thing anyone wants is a sexually transmitted disease.
Another study, from the University of Texas at Austin, that also deals with monogamy, tries to survey how acceptable cheating is in relationships. In the study, half of men would forgive a female partner of infidelity if they cheated with someone of the same sex. However, women were much less forgiving. Ironically, women were more likely to forgive a man for cheating on them with a partner of the opposite sex. To me, this sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.