NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A survey by YourTango.com—the digital leader in love and relationships—reveals the pervasiveness of one of couples' worst habits: nagging, along with other communication challenges. More than half of respondents consider nagging a problem in their relationships. For 60% of men and 44% of women, it leads to less frequent and less satisfying sex. Moreover, a mere 15% of respondents claim to be good at resolving conflicts as a couple.
In light of nagging's prevalence and the conflict resolution challenges most couples face, today YourTango is launching "Nag-Free Week"—a seven-day event running through November 18 that encourages readers to stop nagging and communicate more constructively.
"We timed this initiative to facilitate better communication before the holiday stress kicks in," says Andrea Miller, YourTango CEO. "We hope all couples will attempt to go nag-free for the week—at least!"
What do respondents nag each other about most? The #1 object of nagging is attention-related, i.e. "give me more attention!" Housework is cited as #2, with "picking up his/her own things" (think errant socks and wet towels) clocking in as #3.
The #1 reason women nag is to vent their frustration followed by "he doesn't respond unless I ask multiple times."
- The form of problematic communication or nagging respondents are most guilty of is "being negative" or complaining followed by "being defensive."
- The #1 approach couples use to resolve conflict is to "apologize and move on" followed by "taking time to cool off." Logging in third is the "sweep it under the rug" approach, i.e. they don't actually resolve conflict. Only 13% of couples use makeup sex to resolve conflict.
- During conflict with a partner, respondents behave as follows: 30% want to talk things out; 20.5% tend to yell and get heated and 20.3% claim to avoid conflict at all costs or check out, i.e. leave the room.
Complete survey data and nag-free week details available here.
Join YourTango's #StopTheNagging Twitter party, November 14, 2-4 p.m. EST.
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