Talking about money could improve your sex life?
That’s a new one.
However, it’s the implication of a new poll from MONEY, which surveyed 500 millennials and 500 baby boomers about relationships and money.
The poll found that people who trusted their partners with money were more likely to report that their sex lives were “hot” or “very good,” while those who were less confident in their partner’s financial skills — or reported fighting with their partners about money — were also less satisfied with the more private side of their relationship.
Kerri Anne Renzulli and Susie Poppick write on MONEY:
In general, couples who saw eye to eye on retirement savings, emergency savings, investment decisions, major purchases, and retirement age fought less often, trusted each other more, and reported higher levels of bedroom bliss.
Renzulli and Poppick are clear that the poll only implies a correlation, not a causal relationship (agreeing about money won’t necessarily improve your sex life; conversely, a great sex life doesn’t always mean you’ll agree about money).
Bearing in mind that disagreements over money are one of the leading causes of divorce, the poll’s findings provide another good reason to get on the same financial page as your partner.
If you’re considering marriage, take a look at the three essential money conversations couples should have before getting married. If you’re in any stage of your relationship, try the six money conversations every serious couple should have.
Can’t hurt, right?