The Importance of Cuddling

Jul 07, 2011

Shattering gender stereotypes, an international study has found that men need cuddling more than women.

Researchers from the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University discovered that cuddles and caresses are key to a couples' satisfaction in their long-term relationship, but tenderness is more important to men than women.

The study, which looked at more than 1,000 couples in long-term, committed relationships from the United States, Brazil, Germany, Japan and Spain, found that frequent kissing, cuddling and caressing were predictors of relationship happiness for men only. Researchers said they found "striking" the degree to which physical intimacy (and not necessarily sexual intimacy) was rated as important to men's, but not women's, relationship happiness.

The study sheds light on a relatively unexplored area of research on the sexuality of middle-aged and older couples in long-term relationships. The couples who participated in the study were 40- to 70-year-old men and their female partners, who were either married or living together for at least one year.

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