Relationship Reboot: Go on a Double Date

Two’s company, sometimes three’s a crowd…but what about four? Chances are, if you and your partner are like two peas in a pod, sometimes you’re two peas who are kind of sick of each other, in a pod that seems to be closing in on you.

Why not mix it up with a double date? Last year, a study found that the couple who double dates together, stays together. Researchers at Wayne State University found that couples who integrate other couples into their social lives are more likely to have happy and satisfying romantic relationships.

Just don’t make it a movie date. You’ll reap the benefits if the date activity includes what researchers call “high disclosure” conversation—think intense discussion, not small talk about the weather.

Why do relationships benefit from discussion-heavy foursomes? It’s a novel interaction—and couples reported that they learned new things about their partner when chatting with a new twosome. They also said the new friendship put a spark in their own relationship, making them feel much closer to their romantic partners.

New friends and a new spark? Sounds like a win-win to us.

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15 comments

Jess No Fwd Plz K.
Jessica K3 years ago

Doing anything new with your partner may be good for your relationship, depending on your personalities and tastes. Thanks.

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Elena T.
Elena P4 years ago

Thank you .)

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Robert O.
Robert O4 years ago

Thank you Diana.

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Terry Vanderbush
Terry V5 years ago

whatever

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Debra Griffin
Missy G5 years ago

Love to go out with other couples

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Paul S.
Paul S5 years ago

My parents did this all the time by going to their friends' house, then the favor would be returned when my folks would host. My wife and I do this, too (albeit less often).
Thanks for the article!

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annie s.

Oh Dear!!!!!

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annie s.

Oh Dear!!!!!

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annie s.

Oh Dear!!!!!

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Susan A.
Susan A5 years ago

A couple visiting another couple talking about stimulating ideas, etc. is not called double dating any more, cuz us older folks are coupled. It's called visiting with friends...which, yes, is a stimulating experience for all...

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