Study: Gay couples are vastly happier than heterosexual couples.
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« on: December 19, 2017, 03:40:54 pm »

Link: https://www.queerty.com/study-gay-couples-vastly-happier-heterosexual-couples-20171215

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A new study strongly suggests same-sex couples are conspicuously happier than their straight brothers and sisters.

Researchers questioned over 25,000 people in the United Kingdom and more than 9,000 in Australia.

The data they collected led them to conclude gay and lesbian couples are quite content and just really feeling themselves.

On the other hand, bisexual people were on average less happy in their relationships than heterosexual or homosexual couples.

The study was conducted by Janeen Baxter and Francisco Perales at the University of Queensland.

“Relationship quality in same-sex couples was as high as in heterosexual couples in the United Kingdom,” they conclude, “and higher in Australia.”


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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2017, 03:53:57 pm »

I'd love to have a look at the actual study.  Where they asking people "Are you happy?" or were they testing for indicators of contentment?

It would be good to see this research replicated in other countries.
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2017, 04:05:30 pm »

I'd love to have a look at the actual study.  Where they asking people "Are you happy?" or were they testing for indicators of contentment?

I believe it is the latter. The study asked participants something like "do your relationships make you feel happy?"
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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2017, 05:55:53 pm »

"does X make you happy" is quite different from "do you take anti-anxiety medications" or "do you do meaningful work".  There can be quite a few false positives when people think they should say - "my relationship makes me happy".  But a survey on happiness that then compares opposite-sex marriages to same-sex marriages is more robust.
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2017, 12:01:44 pm »

Gay and lesbian couples don't have the gender differences that cause conflicts. 
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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2017, 10:01:43 am »

Great story!! Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2017, 09:08:06 pm »

I'd love to have a look at the actual study.  Where they asking people "Are you happy?" or were they testing for indicators of contentment?

It would be good to see this research replicated in other countries.

That would be nice too.  As raphjd mentioned, they do not have the conflictive gender issues but also relationships are more complex: they don't depend solely on who you are with, but also about factors of your lifestyle and current situation and how each member deals with their own issues and those of their partner.
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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2017, 10:37:21 pm »

 I can readily believe it (queer folks TEND to be less judgemental of what is "too much"). I'd still like to see the real data, though.


Link: https://www.queerty.com/study-gay-couples-vastly-happier-heterosexual-couples-20171215

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A new study strongly suggests same-sex couples are conspicuously happier than their straight brothers and sisters.

Researchers questioned over 25,000 people in the United Kingdom and more than 9,000 in Australia.

The data they collected led them to conclude gay and lesbian couples are quite content and just really feeling themselves.

On the other hand, bisexual people were on average less happy in their relationships than heterosexual or homosexual couples.

The study was conducted by Janeen Baxter and Francisco Perales at the University of Queensland.

“Relationship quality in same-sex couples was as high as in heterosexual couples in the United Kingdom,” they conclude, “and higher in Australia.”



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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2018, 07:59:40 am »

I suspect it is because gay couples often dissolve as soon as the initial infatuation evaporates, whereas straight couples tend to stay together long after that.
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2018, 01:43:25 pm »

Well, after all the shits we went through in the closet. I'd say we deserve a lil bit more happiness than the "normal" ones, right?
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« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2018, 01:45:47 pm »

I love:)
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« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2018, 04:48:38 pm »

yes, it is
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