Is Love Without Sex Possible? This Infographic Explains It All

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If you're one of those people who just doesn't have a big sex drive, but you're looking for love and a relationship, you might end up empty-handed. Face it, you guys, for most, sex is a very essential component to a relationship, so either put out or go home. I mean that with all due respect, naturally.

In EliteSingles' latest survey, they found that love without sex just isn't an option for most. Unanimously, those polled felt that sex is definitely the key to building a long-term relationship, with 80 percent believing that a relationship without sex just doesn't work, and frequent sex is an absolute must. Cuddles are great, but aren't they even better after an orgasm?

If you're one of those people who thinks that interest in getting it on and sex drive decrease over time, you're not completely correct in your assessment. Of those polled, the majority, at 56 percent, "claimed" (I'm putting claimed in quotes, because who honestly wants to admit to a sexless relationship?) that sexual desires actually do not dissipate after years and years together. Marriage isn't looking so scary after all, is it? When it came down to the "perfect amount" of sex both the ladies and gents, with 65 percent and 69 percent, respectively, felt that sex several times a week is what a good relationship requires. That's right; one or two times a week just isn't going to cut it for most people. And if you're one of those practicing abstinence, you're best bet is find one of your own, because 68 percent of sexually active people couldn't even consider a relationship with you unless, of course, you're fine with them getting it elsewhere. But, hey, that's the price you pay for purity.

Not only did the survey debunk the fact that sex wanes in long-term relationships, but it also concluded that women are far more impatient when it comes to waiting to have sex in a new relationship. While 55 percent of dudes were willing to give their partner as much time as they need before having sex for the first time, women on the other hand, at 40 percent, were only willing to wait a few weeks, before they're likely to throw in the towel and find someone who will actually do IT.

However, for those who are just not into sex several times a week, or at all, there is a bit of a silver lining amongst all this sex talk. Of the 38 percent of the study's participants who had found themselves in relationships where sex wasn't happening, 50 percent of them were able to hang in there for more than a year. That's a whole boatload of commitment in this sex-obsessed society.

More than anything, what we can take away from this study is sex is good, sex is great, and sex is what a healthy, long lasting relationship truly needs. Of course there are always compromises made in any relationship, but for a lot of people, sex isn't one of them.