(CHICAGO) -- Middle-aged to older men whose wives are closer to their friends than they are themselves are more likely to experience sexual dysfunction, according to a new study by the University of Chicago and Cornell University.
Researchers polled 3,005 men between the ages of 57-85 and found the effect known as "partner betweenness" to be a significant contributor to erectile dysfunction and other sex-related complications. Partner betweenness refers to the dynamic of a relationship in which one partner is closer with their spouse's friends than they are. The study found the phenomenon to have a particularly acute effect on male sex drive, especially in men aged 57-65.
The cause for sexual dysfunction has less to do with jealousy than it does privacy and autonomy. Researchers say when men feel like they lose that connection with their friends to their spouse, it threatens their masculinity.
According to the study, men whose wives are closer confidants to their friends than they are have a 92-percent higher chance of developing sexual dysfunction.
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