Relationship Myths Quiz

Question 1

Your friend at the office tells you that since his sex life has improved, his day-to-day stress has disappeared. Is that possible?

A. Possibly. He may feel that way, but more than likely it is just in his mind.
B. Yes. Good sex can release chemicals that reduce stress. – Sexual activity releases chemicals such as oxytocin which decrease stress and increase positive feelings.
C. No. There is no scientific evidence to validate this assertion.
D. Probably not. He mainly wants to brag about his sex life.

Question 2

Mom has Alzheimer’s. Sibling relationships are strained because they can’t agree on how to care for her. The best solution is for the oldest sibling to make the decisions.

A. No. The sibling who lives closest should make the decision.
B. No. They should let Mom decide.
C. No. The sibling who will bear the greatest financial burden should decide.
D. No. They should hire the services of an elder mediator.

Question 3

When your wife is experiencing some of the  many discomforts of menopause, it’s usually a good idea to leave her alone.

A. No. Just act like everything is normal.
B. No. Bring her some ice water or rent a movie.
C. Yes, Chances are that you’ll only upset her more.
D. Yes. Sleeping in separate rooms is a good idea as well.

Question 4

Your son’s new bride is still calling you Mrs. Smith. What should you do?

A. Insist she call you mom.
B. Ask your friends what their daughter-in-laws call them.
C. Tell her what you like (and don’t like) to be called.
D. Tell your son to gently suggest she should be less formal when addressing you

Question 5

In an AARP survey, what percentage of men over age 70 said they had few, if any, erectile problems.

A. 75 percent
B. 50 percent
C. 25 percent
D. 10 percent

Question 6

Women tend to grieve longer than men after the loss of a spouse.

A. True. Men are stronger emotionally
B. True. Because women live longer
C. False. Men suffer more than women
D. False. Both men and women grieve the same.

Question 7

When a couple divorces after 30 or 40 years of marriage, infidelity was very likely the cause.

A. True. And the longer the marriage, the greater the pain of the cheated partner.
B. True. In a recent Sex and Relationships Survey, it was the cause in nearly 30 percent of divorces among couples age 50 and over.
C. False. While infidelity in mature marriages is not uncommon, forgiveness comes easier and the couples can usually work things out.
D. False. This only happens with a relatively small number of couples and is not the reason in most cases.

Question 8

A majority of people 45+ believe that sex should only be between married people.

A. Hardly. In a recent AARP survey, only 22 percent felt that way.
B. No. A surprising 92 percent of them indicated they didn’t care one way or the other.
C. True. They also feel that there’s too much emphasis on sex today.
D. Yes. Just over 60 percent of them feel strongly about monogamy.

Question 9

According to an AARP survey covering 2004-2009, it appears that people in their fifties are having more sex than ever.

A. False. More men are, but the percentage among women has dropped slightly.
B. True. The number of men who claim to have sex at least once a week jumped from 26 percent to 43 percent.
C. True. The number of women who claim to have sex at least once a week jumped from 28 percent to 38 percent.
D. False. The number of men who claim to have sex at least once a week dropped from 49 percent to 41 percent.

Question 10

Sex is great for a relationship, but the older you get, it’s more of a luxury than a need.

A. Yes, but there are other ways to share intimacy and feel close.
B. True. Older couples tend to get busy with other interests, and don’t find time for sex.
C. Many seniors feel that way, but it is absolutely a need.
D. Because of performance issues for men and menopausal effects for women, this is often the case.