Couples need more me time
Having enough space or privacy in a relationship is more important for a couple to stay together happily than having a good sex life, says a relationships expert. Dr Terri Orbuch a psychologist, research professor at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and author of Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship, found that lack of privacy or time for self was the reason for unhappy marriage among many couples, Stuff.co.nz reported.
Since 1990 Dr Orbuch has been involved in a long-term US study of marriage called The Early Years of Marriage Project, which has been following the same 373 married couples for over 25 years. 46 per cent of the couples have since divorced. During her research, Orbuch found that 29 per cent of spouses said they did not have enough “privacy or time for self” in their relationship, with more wives than husbands reporting not having enough space (31 per cent versus 26 per cent). Of those who reported being unhappy, 11.5 per cent said the reason was lack of privacy or time for self. This was a greater percentage than the six per cent who said they were unhappy with their sex lives.