I think most people are under the assumption that if they were able to have sex with as many people as possible, while still getting the emotional comforts of a relationship that they'd be floating on Cloud 9 everyday. I mean, I don't blame them, it seems like a pretty sweet deal! But, you know that saying that goes, "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is." Well, ding, ding, ding—that's exactly the case with open relationships.
According to a recent study in Quartz—"A recent survey of Europeans shows that people in the most sexually liberated partnerships aren’t having the best time. Monogamous couples reported that they were the most sexually satisfied of all the groups in a large, representative survey conducted in March 2017."
I don't want to stereotypes, but I do want to make note that this was European study. I happen to believe that as a rule, Europeans are less stuck in the mud about sex than Americans and if THEY'RE saying monogamy is more satisfied, we should really listen.
The study continued—"Among the 1,885 people who said they were in monogamous relationships, 82% reported that they were broadly satisfied with their sex life. That compared to 80% of people in a marriage, civil union or other legal partnership, while 71% of people in open or polyamorous relationships said they were fulfilled."
In case you were wondering, the difference between polyamory and an open relationship is pretty simple. I don't want to mess this explanation up, so I'm gonna leave it up to The Big G—"Polyamory is typically the practice of, or desire for, intimate relationships where individuals may have more than one partner, with the knowledge and consent of all partners." An open relationship—"a marriage or relationship in which both partners agree that each may have sexual relations with others."
Alright, so ultimately they're the same exact thing by definition, but I'm pretty sure polyamory is a bit more of a lifestyle, you know? I imagine such folks living together on a commune indulging in free love circa 1968. I'm stereotyping, so I'll leave now.
To read the full study, head HERE