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Women Want Two Hours of Romance Per Day

Love comes first, but socializing and the Internet aren't far behind.

By Kristin Wong Oct 23, 2012 3:35PM

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.

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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."

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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."


Tell us on Facebook: What do you think, ladies – sound about right, or is that too much or too little romance?

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139Comments
Oct 23, 2012 7:04PM
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Don't expect us to act like soap opera men if they are not going to wear Victoria's Secret's outfits.

 

 I give up. I really do: it is far better to dwell alone in the corner of an attic than to live in luxury with a contenious woman.

Oct 23, 2012 6:53PM
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Not worth it for the 20 minutes of sex per week.
Oct 23, 2012 6:44PM
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Wow - great study  is the next one that men want 15 minutes of sex each day - 3 five minute sessons with no romance?
Oct 23, 2012 6:42PM
Oct 23, 2012 6:32PM
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I don't know what this group of women in this studay are - devorced, single, married...  Every time we talk about marriage/women, the first thing all the women will bring up is "I"  slave over the hot stove...  You know what, ladies, you are obsolutely right! 

 

However, you forgot to mention that while you are cooking, your husband is cleaning the house, taking trash out, giving the kids a bath(if they are young), help the kids with their homework.  And after dinner, while you ladies are relaxing in the bathtub, your husband is doing the dishes and the mess that you made in the kitchen.

 

You see, ladies, in your mind what you do is the most important thing; and what your hushand does has no merit.  But, men don't complain as often like women do because ultimately, we just want peace in the house!

Oct 23, 2012 6:31PM
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Gentlemen, romance and intercourse are not exactly the same thing. They are very much connected though.

For those who are not "getting enough", have you spent time warming your lady up? It takes more than a few minutes.  Before you even start with the foreplay tell her constantly how beautiful she is, how much you love her, how smart she is, you get the drift.  We need to know that you have eyes only for us (well, tell us anyway). We need our ego stroked too.

Ladies, make sure your man knows that he is the only man for you, that you love him, that he is the greatest lover and husband any woman could want. Men also need their ego stroked.

If you have taken care of the above the only thing left are physical issues that come up as we age. Buy lots and lots of KY or get an Rx for Viagra and for goodness sake take your time and be patient.

If that doesn't work then there are problems in your marriage that cannot be solved by having more sex. Get counseling.

Oct 23, 2012 6:28PM
Oct 23, 2012 6:26PM
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Then put away your damn cell phones!
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