You won’t believe what gets researched these days. Or maybe you will.
‘Dads who do a fair share of the childcare have more sex, research shows.’
An amazing story on many levels, not the least of which is the fact the folk at Georgia State University thought to compare the amount of sex parents are getting with the amount of child caring they’re doing.
Can you imagine how it came up?
Dad researcher Hank comes in to the lab one day and says in a fabulous Georgian-American drawl, “You know, Darlene, it’s amazin! The more I look after the kids, the more sex I get. The more sex I get, the more kids I get. The more kids I get, the more I have to care for ‘em. Hot dang. I wonder if anyone else is stuck on carin’ sexin’ treadmill the way I am!”
Maybe it was a water-cooler moment between researchers comparing home lives and kids in a very intimate moment. Either way, the research has been done. It included almost 500 couples and the results, frankly, are pretty dang obvious.
Basically men, if you leave the majority of the caring for your kids to your partner, your days of mad romping are over. That’s the nub of it.
Well, what a shock. The world probably didn’t need the scientists from Georgia State University to work that out, but thanks for confirming what we may not have realised we already knew.
The researchers grouped 487 couples into three main categories. Women who did most of the childcare, men who did most of the childcare and couples who split the workload. And it wasn’t only about sex, that’s just the bit that I read first. It was also about the quality of the sex and who has the best relationships.
And the winner is – the couples who shared the workload.
Sharing really is caring.
“One of the most important findings is that the only childcare arrangement that appears really problematic for the quality of both a couple’s relationship and sex life is when the woman does most or all of the childcare,” said assistant professor of sociology Dr Daniel Carlson.