Women Want Two Hours of Romance Per Day
Love comes first, but socializing and the Internet aren't far behind.
According to new research, women want romance in their lives more than anything else. But they do have a time limit for love. Specifically, researchers found that the average woman prefers to spend exactly 106 minutes on romance each day.
Researchers from the University of Bremen and the Georgia Institute of Technology sought to find how the average woman would spend a "perfect day." Romance topped the list.
The study's authors, Sebastian Pokutta and Christian Kroll, interviewed 900 women with an average age of 38. They asked those women about their daily activities and how they felt about them. The researchers explained:
"Our research asks what a perfect day would look like if we take into account the crucial fact that even the most pleasurable activities are usually less enjoyable the longer they last and the more often we do them."
Kroll, whose research focuses on "happiness, social capital and quality of life," told MSN's The Heart Beat:
"The study can be used as a starting point for rethinking how we prioritize our time in order to achieve the most happiness. Of course, it does not seem advisable to run around with a stopwatch all day trying to meet the proposed schedule. But the results can provide food for thought about what it is that matters in terms of well-being, especially for women, which might be interesting for men, too."
In addition to the 106 minutes of romance, women wanted to spend 48 minutes on the Internet and 82 minutes socializing. Relaxing took up 78 minutes of the perfect day, followed by 75 minutes of eating and 68 minutes of exercise. Sounds like a decent day to me. Minus the exercise part, maybe.
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Women said if they could be completely hedonistic, they would spend 613 minutes with their partner, 103 minutes socializing and 74 minutes relaxing.
"Certain activities are attractive because we do them so rarely," researchers said in the paper, published in the Journal of Economic Psychology. "Scarcity can therefore be expected to be a central feature of why we enjoy intimate relations more than work."
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I didn't say you didn't deserve a couple of hours of free time...what I said was that just because a wife wants to know where you were if you're late, that's not saying "I own you". If he was a good husband, he would have called to let her know he was stopping so that she could schedule dinner and/or having a drink with the girls herself.
This study can't be right. Otherwise women would expect men to live on 26 hour days instead of 24. Otherwise how else are they going to fit in those two extra hours in between all those things men are expected to do around the home? Oh wait the same way women are expected to hold down a job, come home take care of the family, run the home and be a hot sexy lady for their man:P
The author is aptly named because the article all Wong... err...wrong.
Do you guys(men) noticed that this post was very quickly romoved from the front page of MSN? The reason was that it was good post for us men to voice our frustration and no women want o hear about it.
I guess the majoity of the MSN readers are women!
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