A report by Bumble released the results of a survey it conducted in nine countries, more than 20 thousand people (over 18 years old) in relation to equality between men and women in different areas: relationships, career, gender and finances, among others.
The results obtained, as indicated by the app, reveal that there is a “reality gap” between what people think and what they actually experience in their real life.
Equality in Relationships
When it comes to equality in a relationship, most agree that it is necessary. In this sense, 4 out of 5 respondents (87%) affirm that relationships in which power is shared equitably lead to better sexual relations. But when asked about other, more traditional norms, 40% of those surveyed still agree that relationships work best when the man takes the initiative. Surprisingly, this statistic is very high among Gen Z respondents at 53%.
Additionally, slightly less than half (44%) of those consulted say they do not care if it is the man or the woman who initiates the conversation with someone of interest while only 19% of those surveyed thought that women should take the first step in a dating app.
Bumble Sex & Relationships Expert Shan Boodramcommented that: “The benefits are clear when it comes to equity in relationships: better sex, better intimacy and better vulnerability. When power is shared within a relationship, the result is a healthier experience for everyone. It is important that we continue to empower people to challenge the norm and create more equality in our relationships – the results speak for themselves.”
The report also revealed that 93% of the participants agreed on the definition of gender equality: men and women are equal, and should have the same opportunities in everything. Additionally, 91% of those surveyed agreed that improving women’s rights also makes the world a better place for everyone. Having said that, more than 3 of 4 (79%) respondents, including 84% of the women surveyed, stated that women have to compromise between career, relationships and family in a way that men do not.
In the survey, Bumble also found discrepancies between what people expect and what people experience in their workplace. The study showed that 83% of the women who responded accept that inequity -due to their role in caring for children- fosters inequality in professional achievements (against 76% of men who agree with this statement).
It is also interesting the data that realizes that 85% of the women surveyed consider that mothers feel more guilty about spending time at work to advance their professional careers than fatherscompared to 71% of men who agree with this narrative.
However, 95% of the total – men and women – fully agree that both parents should share childcare responsibilities. In addition, 81% of all those surveyed do not consider being a full-time mother a stigma, and 77% think the same of being a full-time father.
The findings also reveal that 84% of respondents say it’s okay for those in a marriage or long-term relationship to have separate accounts and finances. AND 84% of women say that lack of financial independence is the main reason women stay in an unhappy relationship; meanwhile, 77% of men agree with it.
All the data was commissioned by Bumble between August and September 2022 with a global sample of people. “Bumble was built on the importance of equitable relationships and how important this is to achieving a healthy and happy life”said Charley Webb, Bumble’s Chief Customer Officer. “From day one, we have committed to addressing inequalities for women in their relationships, and we will continue to create spaces for women to have a safer, kinder, and more equal online experience.”