According to researchers, married men are likely to have less sex if they do a lot of housework. However, if they do more “manly” things like working in the yard or tuning up the family car, their sex lives could improve.
The study was conducted by the Juan March Institute in Madrid, Spain and led by Dr. Sabino Kornrich. “Couples in which men participate more in housework typically done by women report having sex less frequently," said Kornrich. “Similarly, couples in which men participate more in traditionally masculine tasks - such as yard work, paying bills, and auto maintenance - report higher sexual frequency.”
The results of the study suggest that even as gender roles continue to change and adapt and the issue of gender equality is examined on a societal level, traditional gender roles remain an important part of sexual desire and performance. "The importance of gender has declined over time, but it continues to exert a strong influence over individual behaviors, including sexual frequency within marriage," said Kornrich.
However, the doctor cautions against men quitting helping out around the house altogether in an attempt to increase their amount of bedroom activity. “Men who refuse to help around the house could increase conflict in their marriage and lower their wives' marital satisfaction," he said. “Earlier research has found that women's marital satisfaction is indeed linked to men's participation in overall household labor, which encompasses tasks traditionally done by both men and women.”
During the month prior to the survey, men claimed to have sex an average of 5.2 times and women 5.6 times. Data from the US National Survey of Families and Households was used in the study.
Source: (The Mirror)