Should a wife be close to her husband’s friends… or can that be a very, very bad thing?
A study published Monday, August 8, by scholars at the University of Chicago and Cornell University has found a connection between erectile dysfunction and the social networks shared by heterosexual men and their partners. They describe the situation as “partner betweenness.” In such cases, a man’s female partner has stronger relationships with his confidants than the man does — in effect, the romantic partner comes between the man and his friends.
“Men who experience partner betweenness in their joint relationships are more likely to have trouble getting or maintaining an erection and are also more likely to experience difficulty achieving orgasm during sex,” write sociologists Benjamin Cornwell at Cornell and Edward Laumann at UChicago.
Cornwell, an assistant professor of sociology at Cornell, said the data reveal a strong association. “Partner betweenness is a significant predictor of ED: A man whose female partner has greater contact with some of his confidants than he does is about 92 percent more likely to have trouble getting or maintaining an erection than a man who has greater access than his partner does to all of his confidants.”
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