To live with the opposite sex or not…that is the question!
There are plenty of things you should consider before sharing your home with someone else, like guarding the leftover pizza or making sure the bills get paid on time, but what about living with a roommate of the opposite gender?
To find out how successful (or not) co-ed cohabitations are, we surveyed over 900 people living with someone of the opposite sex.
Read on to see if the ups (like leftovers) outweigh the downs (like messy bathrooms) when men and women are living under the same roof.
Mutually Beneficial Living
In some scenarios, living with a roommate can be enjoyable (and possibly even beneficial). Beyond the obvious perk of saving money on rent, you can curb loneliness with the right person, and you might even have help with household chores.
According to both men and women, the best aspect of having a roommate of the opposite sex was when they cooked or left leftovers. More popular among women (82 percent) than men (74 percent), the advantage of having extra food was more valuable than having someone to watch TV with or share dating advice.
The Dark Side of Dwelling Together
Of course, for as many scenarios of co-ed roommates binge watching Netflix or partaking in a shared meal, some horror stories could convince to you live alone. Hoarders, neat freaks, party animals, and night owls might all make for a funny story, but they can be absolute torture to live with if you aren’t on the same page.
Women were more likely to express frustration toward the sanitation of their opposite-sex roommates
Friends with benefits ?
Regardless of what you’ve seen on TV, it is possible for men and women to be friends without crossing into romance or sex. In fact, according to one study, those friendships tend to last longer than same-sex relationships and may develop stronger bonds.
However, just because platonic relationships are real doesn’t mean roommate situations can’t turn into something more intimate. Seventy-four percent of men and 57 percent of women confessed to finding their opposite-sex roommate attractive. Despite 26 percent finding dating with an opposite-sex roommate difficult, 1 in 3 people reported having a sexual encounter with their roommate.
I think it’s safe to say that any roommate can have their perks and cons. But living with the opposite sex is also good practice for whenever you are ready to move in with your significant other!