Doing This One Thing While Working From Home Can Improve Your Sex Life

A new study finds relationship benefits when couples who work from home do this one thing.

The coronavirus pandemic made relationships of all kinds more difficult to maintain, particularly ones of a romantic nature—and even more specifically, ones in which cohabitation occurs. And if you consider that 62 percent of Americans have been working from home during the pandemic, that means in many cases both partners are not only living together, they are also working together—or at least working near each other. However, while that all may sound like a recipe for disaster, a new survey found that couples who work from home together largely report positive effects on their relationship, including having more frequent sex, as long as they first establish clear ground rules regarding how they'd work from home.

A recent survey from SimplyHired, an employment company and job search engine based in Sunnyvale, Calif., asked 510 people currently working remotely with their partner due to the COVID-19 pandemic about how this particular situation had affected their relationship. Respondents were 55.3 percent men and 44.7 percent women, with an average age of about 36.

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According to the results, 42.7 percent of those polled said they were having more sex than they were before the pandemic, compared with 19.4 percent who said sex had become less frequent and 37.8 percent who reported working remotely during quarantine had little to no impact in the amount of sex they were having.

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What's even more interesting, the results showed that the respondents who established work-from-home rules with their partner (52.4 percent) were largely the ones that reported having more sex—they were also the ones most likely to feel that their productivity had increased. The most common rule people set was communicating about schedules, followed by wearing headphones while on a work call, moving to another area of the home when on a call, minimizing noise, keeping similar work hours, only talking to each other during scheduled breaks, and not doing chores around the house during work hours.

Seeing these positive effects, couples don't seem all that anxious to get back to the office now that the country is reopening, as 51.2 percent said they would like to continue to work remotely with their partner after the pandemic. And for more on how COVID-19 has changed people's love lives, check out More Than Half of Couples Are Now Doing This in Bed Thanks to Coronavirus.

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