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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 11:40PM
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Women want romance an men want sex.  Give him romantic foreplay and you both will get what you want.  So quit being stupid already.
Oct 23, 2012 9:20PM
Oct 23, 2012 9:19PM
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@LiberalsRCommies -

 

And God's correct role for men? Provider?? Oh yeah, and you all do that so well!!!!!!

 

Who the eff is God???

Oct 23, 2012 8:58PM
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That's the stupidest thing  I've ever heard. You have to wonder who they get for these studies/polls. After I've been with a guy for a while romance is the last thing I want. It just gets old. And what he hell do they mean by romance anyway??? I mean again, after a while romance is dead. Why the hell would I want to spend 106 minutes a day romancing a man who makes life miserable???
Oct 23, 2012 8:36PM
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You did not give enough choices on your survey.

 

My best day would be going out skeet shooting with my husband either shooting practice rounds or doing a registered shoot. This is very relaxing for me and brings me closer to my husband. We even have our adult sons shoot with us on occassion.

 

Ladies if you want to get closer to your husband, do something relaxing and exercise too then maybe you should take-up things you can both enjoy like hunting, fishing or like me skeet shooting. It's time for a change and it isn't voting in anti-gun democrats that are nothing more than pencil necked and possessing little to satisfy us with.

Oct 23, 2012 8:33PM
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My perfect day is relaxing with a good book.  In going out and enjoying a good meal with my significant other
Oct 23, 2012 8:19PM
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Whoever wrote this must live in a "fantasy world".  It takes 2 salaries to survive in most states and when you factor in the children, food shopping, cooking,, cleaning, school, sports, etc. about the only thing left to do is collapse.  We try to sit down after doing this every day &  last about 5 minutes on the couch before one of us falls asleep.  Maybe if I had the paycheck of a celebrity I would have more time but it does not happen in the "real world" for most of us.

Oct 23, 2012 8:14PM
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Women want romance?  There is a reason why the marriage statistics have declined rapidly since the 1960's and are now a MINORITY.  Instead of love, romance, marriage...I see divorce and financial suicide attached to just about every woman I've dated.  Some of my best friends in their 30's & 40's have been divorced multiple times and have no retirement or financial future because of what their women wanted, to act like they were 20 years old again.  Not all women are bad news and not all guys are good but I see a shift of both sexes preferring to be independent nowadays.  Do a story on reality and leave the fluff to the statistic few.
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