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Men Like Cuddling More Than Women

Men May Like Cuddling and Kissing More Than Sex

Science can now explain your boyfriend's love of spooning. If a long-term relationship involves lots of kisses and cuddles, the man will be more satisfied, according to a new study. Researchers from The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction expected to find the opposite, that women needed physical signs of affection more than men. But their research discovered that women are more likely to stay in a relationship if they're sexually satisfied, while men cited hugs, kisses, and cuddles.

Looking at couples from all over the world in long-term relationships lasting one to 51 years, the study found several factors impact a relationship's success. Men who are healthy are more likely to report satisfaction with the relationship, and women become more satisfied later in the relationship. For women, happiness starts to decrease between year one and 15, picking up again at year 20 and 50 of the relationship, most likely after any child rearing.

As for cuddling and kissing, the researchers aren't sure if all men crave it or if men who stay in long-term relationships are the type of men predisposed to valuing such affection. In addition, women in lasting relationships may have increased sexual satisfaction over time because sexually unsatisfied women would end the relationship — therefore a study looking at long-term couples would only deal with sexually satisfied women. They plan to conduct more research to further explain.

Do these results surprise you as much as they surprised the researchers?

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
The article title is a really poor interpretation of this study. This is about whether men in long term in-love relationships get more happiness out of sex or cuddling. In which case, I would be surprised to hear that someone in and ltr could even choose a favorite between sex and cuddling. I think both can be equally enjoyable at times.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
men perfer something over sex. uh-huh, and that it cuddling. NOT! a man will take sex over food and water after being stranded on a raft at sea for a month. who writes this crap?
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