"The same is true for people who are currently in love, in contrast to those who are not in a romantic relationship."
London, April 10 - Are you religious or married or enjoy harmonious social ties? You may belong to the pool of people that is most satisfied with love life.
In a study to look at the influences on love life satisfaction throughout one's adult life, researchers also found that this also goes for people who are currently in love or who experience the commitment and sexual desire of their partners.
The research used a sample of adults representing a full range of age. Focusing on exploration of age variations in satisfaction with love life, we displayed a comprehensive view of differences and similarities across the adult life span, explained Felix Neto and Maria da Conceicao Pinto from Universidade do Porto in Portugal.
To investigate the factors that influence this across various age groups, 1,284 adult Portuguese women and men ranging between age 18 and 90 were asked to evaluate and weigh specific facets of their own love lives by using the 'Satisfaction With Love Life Scale'.
They found that a combination of factors such as age, religious involvement, marital status and love style influence a person's love satisfaction.
Young adults enjoy similar overall levels of love satisfaction as do adults and older adults.
In comparing adults in the older age groups, those beyond 60 years of age were found to be less satisfied with their love lives than those between 31 and 59 years old, partly because it is of less importance to them, Neto informed.
While education does not impact a person's love life satisfaction, religious involvement does. The researchers found believers and regular churchgoers are positive about their love lives.
People who enjoy higher levels of well-being and have harmonious social relationships also tend to be more content with their love lives.
The same is true for people who are currently in love, in contrast to those who are not in a romantic relationship.
Married and cohabiting respondents of all ages enjoy higher love satisfaction than divorced people, the study, published in the Springer's journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, added.