As common as nagging may be, turns out it’s still harmful to your relationship. In fact, a survey by YourTango.com found that 60% of male and 44% of female survey respondents consider nagging a problem in their relationship—enough for it to lead to less frequent and less satisfying sex. The really troubling news? A mere 15% of respondents say they’re good at resolving conflicts as a couple. Uh-oh.
The top subjects of nagging?
1. Needing more attention from partner
2. Asking partner to help with housework
3. Asking partner to pick up after themselves
Interestingly, men and women say they have different reasons for nagging. Men say that it’s just habit, while women nag to vent frustration. And married women in particular say nagging is effective—that their partner only does something when asked multiple times. But good news, guys: women get tired of it eventually, in a couple of decades. The survey found that 42% of women age 18-34 give their partner a gentle reminder the day after they first asked them to do something. But by the time they reach the 45+ demographic, only 30% of women give a reminder, opting instead to “be annoyed” and complete the task themselves.
What do YOU nag about? Do you think it’s a problem in your relationship?