Within the confines of marriage or a long-term relationship, the conventional expectation from an individual is the promise of monogamy. However, recent research revealed a notable deviation from this norm, particularly among men. The study shed light on an unexpected openness towards the inclusion of additional individuals in the relationships.
The research conducted revealed that in the United Kingdom, around one-third of men have a mindset of having more than one partner. However, in the case of women, the percentage is just 11 percent (11%).
According to the researchers, quoted by HealthDay, the number shows the trends in which both types of polygamy are considered.
While quoting the terms, the researchers mentioned that a man – who is interested in marrying more than one female is known as polygyny. Similarly, a woman who marries more than one man is termed as polyandry.
More men are interested in partner-sharing relationships!
According to the report published by the Archives of Sexual Behaviour, around nine percent (9%) of men were curious to share their respective partners, whereas the percentage was five percent (5%) for women.
While emphasizing the prohibition of such marriage, the lead researcher, who serves as the senior lecturer in psychology at Swansea University in Wales – Andrew Thomas stated, “This study shows that a sizable minority of people are open to such relationships, even in the UK, where such marriages are prohibited,” noted HealthDay.
He further added, “Interestingly, many more men are open to the idea than women — though there is still interest on both sides.”
How did the researchers conduct this investigation?
According to the reports, the study was conducted among 393 heterosexual men and women who are residents of the UK. The common question asked was, “How did they feel about the commitment in a relationship or marriage and a relationship in which they share their partners with someone else?”
Elaborating that people across the world have been still open to polygamy and polyandry, Thomas and his colleagues stated, “Comparing polygyny and polyandry directly, men were three-and-a-half times more likely to say ‘yes’ to the former than the latter, while women were twice as likely to say ‘yes’ to having more than one partner, compared to the idea of sharing their partner with someone else.”
Furthermore, examples were cited from the societies in Africa and Nepal, as per the reports by HealthDay. In this regard, the researchers stated that several communities across the Middle East and Africa follow polygamy traditionally. On the contrary, communities in Tibet and Nepal follow polyandry.
Thomas addressed the general public through the university news release and mentioned, “Committed non-monogamy has received a lot of attention recently.”
According to HealthDay News, he further mentioned, “It’s a hot trend with more and more couples talking about opening up their relationships to include other people. However, these types of relationships are far from new.”
Additionally, the lead researcher said, “While most seek monogamous relationships, a small proportion of humans have engaged in multi-partner relationships throughout human history, especially polygynous marriage where one husband is shared by several co-wives.”