Now scientists are saying ankle restraints and handcuffs just aren’t enough to bond two people together forever, and the most important element of a strong relationship is actually good old fashioned friendship.
Researchers found that couples who placed a higher value on companionship and friendship over other parts of life – such as sex and personal fulfilment, were more likely to prosper in long-term relationships.
“The results indicate that valuing the friendship aspect of a romantic relationship is important to relationship quality,” said lead author Laura VanderDrift, of Purdue University in Indiana.
“It seems likely that placing greater importance on the friendship component of the relationship relative to other components (e.g. sex) may promote lasting...