October 14, 2017
Couples who fart together stay together. That’s how the saying goes, right? According to a new survey, that could just be the case.
Mic surveyed more than 125 people in their 20s and 30s about when they think it’s acceptable to start farting in front of their boo. Some said they let it fly right away, while others wait a year or more. Most people, it turns out, are most comfortable farting in front of their S.O. between 2 to 6 months into their relationship.
Twenty-nine percent of people surveyed picked the 2 to 6 month sweet spot (which coincidentally matches up with the ideal “I love you” period. Then, 25% said it takes a little longer, between 6 to 12 months, but about 22% said they’re ripping farts after just a few weeks. Only a handful (7%) of gastrointestinally uncomfortable people said they would never fart in front of their significant other.
Many people wait for relationship milestones to poot, including 7% who prefer to secure the “I love you” before farting and 18.6% who wait for the other one to fart first. Of the people who wait for the other person to fart, 73% are women, which Mic points out proves “grossness inequality” is a real thing. Thirty-three percent of people, though, say regular sleepovers mean definite cheese-cutting territory — grossness be damned!
Bad news for the people who said they’ll never fart with their boo: cueing the anal applause is one sign, some say, that your relationship is on solid ground. Robert Huizenga, a clinical therapist, gives some insight.
“Farting in front of your significant other means you feel free to move beyond your roles,” Huizenga wrote on his marriage blog. “You may even find yourselves discussing family roles and expectations that you bring to each other. You need not carry the burden of continually being prim and proper.”
Real live couples even confirmed it. So let it go; your intestines and your partner will thank you.