Has the sex been pretty "meh," every since you spent your one-year anniversary at the Cheesecake Factory? Well, don't blame Louisiana Chicken Pasta. It might just be a matter of time. Really.
According to a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, researchers at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich found a correlation between long-term relationships and worse sex. Researchers used survey data from the German Panel Study, and focused on 2,814 individuals who were all "young and middle-aged heterosexual in committed relationships." According to the analysis, couples showed a "positive development" of sexual satisfaction in the beginning. But, then that one-year milestone hit (Happy anniversary!) and it was followed by a "steady decline" in sexual satisfaction.
One aspect of this story that doesn't act as a justification for your commitment phobia: researchers saw no correlation between sexual satisfaction and living together or being married. Also, in an interview with The Telegraph, the author of the study, Claudia Schmiedeberg, said that children didn't play a role in the lack of satisfying sexy time either. So, the findings shouldn't be used as an excuse to get out of the whole having kids thing. In fact, this study shouldn't be used as concrete evidence for anything yet, since researchers noted that "further research is required," to really get to the bottom of why this trend exists.
Don't swear off long-term relationships just yet. They don't all turn you into Al Bundy. But if they do -- hey, at least you'll have an arsenal of one-liners.
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Kara King is a News Writer at Thrillist and could totally commit to a pizza right now. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her at @karatillie.