In our modern environment, the dynamics of romance and relationships have undergone significant transformations. A captivating trend that has gained popularity is the willingness of individuals to engage in multiple romantic relationships simultaneously, even while committed to a primary partner. According to a recent survey conducted by Gleeden, up to 49% of men and 60% of women in India participate in some form of non-monogamous relationships.
These statistics reflect a significant shift in societal beliefs regarding romance, love and loyalty. Surprisingly, 41% of Kolkata residents, 45% of Delhi residents, 34% of Mumbai residents, and 45% of Bangalore residents engage in relationships with more than two partners simultaneously, the survey found.
“Given the evolving attitudes towards partnerships and shifting societal dynamics, it’s not surprising that people now embrace the idea of supplemental partners, affectionately known as ‘side hustles,'” explains Sybill Shiddel, Gleeden’s Country Manager in India. Some find comfort and joy in broadening their horizons, while others may hold reservations about this practice in romance and love.
For individuals who cherish the stability of monogamy but yearn for variety, the monogamous movement offers a potential solution. By setting boundaries, monogamous couples can occasionally explore casual experiences outside their primary relationship. This strategy allows spouses to pursue their interests without jeopardizing their connection.
In the realm of polyamory, relationships defy social norms. Individuals in this group actively seek and cultivate close relationships with multiple partners. Open communication, consent, and emotional honesty are highly valued in polyamory, fostering ethical and fulfilling partnerships. In Guwahati, Hyderabad, and 52% of Jaipur, residents prefer having more than three partners, while in Mumbai (34%), Kolkata (41%), Delhi (45%), and Bangalore (45%), polyamory is the preferred relationship style.
NOT ALWAYS GUARANTEE HAPPINESS
While romantic adventures can undoubtedly add excitement to one’s love life, it is essential to recognize that open relationships do not always guarantee happiness. Each person and couple must navigate their unique journey, ensuring that everyone feels valued, appreciated, and fulfilled. Successful alternative relationship dynamics require constant communication, clear boundaries, and frequent check-ins. Understanding these facts, it is noteworthy that 51% of Millennials and 57% of Tricenarians have had multiple partners simultaneously.
Even with complete transparency and consent obtained through open communication, jealousy can still emerge. It takes emotional maturity, introspection, and the ability to acknowledge and productively process jealousy to navigate alternate relationships.
In conclusion, Sybill emphasizes the importance of recognizing that individuals have different needs and interests. While some may thrive in exploring various romantic relationships, others may find fulfilment and joy in the security of monogamy. Ultimately, each person must choose the kind of love that brings them fulfilment, joy, and perhaps the occasional unconventional side endeavour.
While many countries still adhere to traditional ideas of monogamy and committed relationships, there is an undeniable fascination with exploring love adventures beyond these boundaries. Embarking on this intriguing journey requires introspection, raises ethical questions, and unveils the depths of human desires.