First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the end of romance?
Every movie involving a fratboy-type, married male lead will brush upon the most clichéd stereotype of monogamy—that once we say "I do," we stop having sex. Here at YourTango, we don't necessarily think that's true. But hey, it's a stereotype for a reason.
Well, apparently sex isn't all we stop having. A new survey revealed that nearly one in five married couples go without kissing for as long as one week at a time. And when they do finally lock lips, it will last no longer than five seconds for 40 percent of them.
How you could go an entire week without kissing your spouse is mind boggling. Granted, these results are based on the British population—the survey was sponsored by the British Heart Foundation—but how different are our countries when it comes to kissing, really? They are the nation that spawned us, after all.
There are some glimmers of hope in the results, albeit few.
Five percent of those age 45 and up squeeze in more than 30 kisses per week, which averages out to just over four per day. So, not counting a presumed "good morning" and "good night" kiss, that leaves two others. Even younger couples age 18 to 24—not necessarily married—make some time for romance, with an average of 11 kisses per week, or less than two per day.
The results were released in an effort to publicize the BHF's Emergency Life Skills campaign and highlight the importance of knowing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation—called the "kiss of life" overseas.
Stateside, we think this survey emphasizes the need for a romantic boost in our relationships.
How often do you and your partner kiss? And what about during sex? Surely the survey didn't factor that in...!?