You might be surprised to discover that there's a new relationship trend on the rise and many of your favorite TV shows have already addressed it.
If you're a fan of House of Cards, Girls, or I Love Dick, you'll notice that all these shows feature couples who are in an open relationship, or they showcase relationships where there is more than one romantic/sexual partner.
To come to this conclusion, Dr. Amy Moors, the director of social science research and evaluation for the College of Engineering at Purdue University, reviewed data that was gathered from Google Trends between January of 2006 and December of 2015.
Dr. Moors ran a search volume analysis for terms like "polyamory," "open relationships," and "swingers." She eventually came to the conclusion that, while searches for the older fashioned term "swingers" decreased over time, searches for "polyamory" and "open relationships" actually increased over time.
Dr. Moors said that it's not possible to know exactly why people are searching these terms, but that it's evident that a growing number of men and women are pondering non-monogamy and researching it.
She went on to say, "Analyzing Google search query volume over the past 10 years allows us to gain access to what's on the public's mind."
Interestingly, it seems that the increased interest in open relationships might be due to their more common appearance on television.
Dr. Moors explained, "Several of the large spikes in internet searches related to polyamory and open relationships are tied to popular TV shows and press."0comments
The doctor did clarify that the data doesn't reveal if people are Googling polyamory because they're just intrigued by what they see on TV or if they are genuinely interested in trying it out for themselves.
Either way, it's apparent that open relationships are still something that is becoming increasingly investigated by the general public.