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Sixty percent of men say nagging wreaks havoc on their sex lives.
Nagging may be commonplace, but it's far from benign.

New York, NY (November 12, 2012): A survey by YourTango.com reveals the pervasiveness of one of couples' worst habits: nagging, along with other communication challenges. More than half of respondents consider nagging a problem in their relationships. For 60% of men and 44% of women, it leads to less frequent and less satisfying sex. Moreover, a mere 15% of respondents claim to be "good" at resolving conflicts as a couple.

In light of nagging’s prevalence and the conflict resolution challenges most couples face, today YourTango is launching "Nag-Free Week"—a seven-day event running through November 18 that encourages readers to stop nagging and communicate more constructively.

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"We timed this initiative to facilitate better communication before the holiday stress kicks in," says Andrea Miller, YourTango CEO. "We hope all couples will attempt to go nag-free for at least a week!"

What do respondents nag each other about most? The #1 object of nagging is attention-related, i.e. "pay more attention to me!" Housework is cited as #2, with "picking up his/her own things" (think errant socks and wet towels) clocking in as #3.

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Why do people nag their significant others? Forty percent of men say it’s "habit," whereas the #1 reason women nag is to "vent their frustration." Married women, however, develop a different motivation to nag; #1 reason among the married set is "It's effective: He doesn’t respond unless I ask multiple times." Keep reading...

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