A new study has suggested that men who make a fair contribution to household work have frequent and satisfying sex with their partners. In the study, researcher Matt Johnson of the University of Alberta collected data from a five-year study of 1,338 couples to see if the amount of housework the male partner did was a predictor of a couple’s sex life.
They found that when men perceived their contributions to the division of labour as fair, the couple engaged in more frequent sex and both male and female partners were more satisfied with their sex life.
Johnson explained that in any relationship, the amount of housework was going to mean something different based on the couple’s context, based on their own expectations for what each partner should be doing, and their comparison levels of what happens with other couples they knew.
He added that these findings were important for couples seeking to maintain sexual intimacy while balancing the demands of daily life. Johnson further concluded that rather than avoiding chores in the hopes of having more sex, men were likely to experience more frequent and satisfying passion for both partners between the sheets when they simply did their fair share. The study is published in the Journal of Family Psychology.