In a relationship? When was the last time you went out on a double date?
According to a recent study, going on double dates can be healthy for a married couple’s relationship in the long run. In fact, these have been found to help increase a couple’s happiness. Some famous celebrity couples who go out on group dates with one another are Beyonce and Jay-Z with Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. Says Amy Levine, sex coach and founder of Ignite Your Pleasure, “[Going on double dates] can be a powerful aphrodisiac and a great way to shake up your dating routine.”
A study by psychologists from the University of Maryland reveals that going on a double date actually helps improve relationships in terms of the following aspects:
•Increases partners’ attraction to one another
•Creates a better understanding of the opposite sex
•Allows couples to see how other couples socialize and resolve differences
The subjects included 123 couples, 122 individuals who were in a relationship but were interviewed alone, as well as 58 divorced people. These couples had about five “couple friends” that they hung out with, whom 40 percent considered as important people in their lives.
Explains Greif, "Couples are looking for different things in their couple friendships - we found there are 'fun-sharing' and 'emotion-sharing' couples."