Think Nagging's Not So Bad? Here's Why You're Wrong

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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.

"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.

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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