USA Today heralds monogamy with a study using 11 year old data
This, once again, proves the danger of trumpeting every “study” as news. A study on monagamy vs. open relationship views would be just great if the data had some validity. Comparing 6,082 points of view in 1975 (when free love was the thing) to 782 samples in 2000 is functionally worthless. Especially when these points are shared eleven years later:
The study of 6,864 men and women — responses were collected from 6,082 individuals in 1975 and from 782 in 2000 — examines differences on a variety of issues, including monogamy.
“There’s dramatically less extra-relational sexual behavior in the year 2000 than in the year 1975 for all couple types,” says researcher Robert-Jay Green, a psychology professor at Alliant International University in San Francisco.
Although the most recent data are from 2000, Green says it allowed for a direct comparison because the questions posed were the same used in 1975.
The percentage of heterosexual men who reported having sex with someone other than their wife dropped to 10% in 2000 from 28% in 1975; among married women, it declined to 14% from 23%. Among gay men, the percentage who cheated on a partner they lived with dropped to 59% from 83%; for lesbians it declined to 8% from 28%. Half the gays and lesbians in the study were in civil unions, half were living together in committed relationships, the researchers say.
Eleven years is a LONG time for opinions to evolve even further. I give it until the end of the day before this “study” is absolutely everywhere and most blogs/websites won’t bother to interpret the data or it’s utter lack of relevancy.
This study would be just great if it had any respect for time sensitivity and took into consideration the complete decline fo HIV/AIDS reporting in the last ten years. With the lack of importance imposed on HIV these days, I have no doubt that open relationships vs. monogamy has taken yet another upswing.