PDA or no PDA? Some couples are all about it, while other couples prefer to keep things private. However a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, cited in The Huffington Post, might have you rethink how you feel about public displays of affection especially because the future depends on it!
Based on the study’s findings, “Such public displays of affection may help pair-bonded couples invest more in their children, boosting the offspring’s survival odds.”
When looking at “monogamous animals” such as birds, those that continued showing each other affection even after they had mated tended to have more children because they put more energy into parenting. Essentially those animals that were “paired up” did a better job of “raising more offspring.” While one animal may only be able to successfully raise one little one, two animals together can raise two.
The findings of the study make the term “love birds” even more appropriate when describing a couple that is happily in love. The cuddling and various physical gestures used to show one’s love for the other person are suggested to ensure that our children make it in this world.
That said, differences in how cultures show affection must be taken into account. Additionally, whether parents show their love in front of an audience or in the privacy of their home shouldn’t determine their level of investment in their children or their relationship for that matter. Finally, I am the product of a single parent household. My mother raised two “offspring,” my brother and I — we survived. For more on this study visit The Huffington Post.
What are your thoughts? Do you think couples showing one another affection is linked to the likelihood of their children surviving? Or is this study “for the birds?”
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