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Mind the intimacy gap

31st January 2020
Posted by Aston Avery

New national research reveals that the stress of modern life and the omnipresence of technology is hindering intimacy between UK couples, leaving most of them dissatisfied with intimacy in their relationships. The results of the survey commissioned by This Works show that the vast majority of Brits (82%) consider physical intimacy an essential part of a successful relationship, and over half (56%) crave more of it with their partner, rising to two thirds (65%) of under 45’s. For many, physical intimacy is so crucial it’s a ‘deal-breaker’, with over a quarter (27%) admitting they have ended or would consider ending a relationship due to a lack of it; rising to over a third (36%) of under 45’s.

Over a third of Brits (36%) would like to engage in sexual activity with their partner several times a week, rising to 43% of under 45’s; but, as it stands, only 1 in 5 (21%) are achieving this ambition. For most UK couples (72%), sexual activity takes place at least once a month, with less than half (49%) getting down to it at least once a week. So, what’s holding them back?

Aston spoke to Kate Moyle, relationship therapist and Dr Anna Persaud, CEO at This Works to discuss the research in further detail and offer her advice to technology obsessed Brits on how to put down their gadgets and pay more attention to the one you love.