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Couple that snoozes apart, stays together

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 23, 2013
First Published: 17:43 IST(23/11/2013) | Last Updated: 12:51 IST(25/11/2013)

If you thought the adage, absence makes the heart grow fonder, is hogwash when it comes to romance, here is food for thought. Actor Helena Bonham Carter and her film director partner Tim Burton sleep in adjoining houses to strengthen their relationship. A recent survey revealed that a third of couples take separate holidays from one another, and over a fifth often have “time out” to do separate things.


The study by a home insurers firm also found that 39% of couples believe their relationship is healthier because they have independence in their home life, while 5% think having separate rooms is one of the main reasons they are so happy together.

On an average, couples spend 22 hours together during the working week, with nearly half of all couples blaming hectic work schedules for a lack of “quality time” together.

The survey, which questioned more than 1,000 people aged 18 or over, also discovered that 10% of men have a “games room,” 4% of women have their own “powder room,” and 5% of people would rather spend a night in with their cat or dog than their partner.
Furthermore, one in five couples (19 per cent) regularly eat their evening meal at different times, with one in 10 cooking completely different dishes from each other.

And proving that opposites attract, 15% of people describe themselves as the “polar opposite” of their partner, while 44 percent believe having different interests or hobbies makes for a stronger relationship.

Those under 25 are the most likely age group to spend time apart, with 21% admitting they regularly sleep in a separate bed - followed by the over 55s, at 16%. A quarter of 18 to 24-year-olds regularly go on holiday without their other halves, followed by 15% of 25 to 34-year-olds. But only 6% of over 55s admit to going away without their partner.

Nikki Sellers, head of home underwriting at the firm, said: “They say that “absence makes the heart grow fonder”, and this may be the case.” So, go ahead take some ‘me-time’ to pamper yourself and who knows, romance
will follow its heels!  


HTC (With inputs from ANI)


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