It’s an age-old topic that arises over both brunch and beers – and one that is always met with a horror story-filled debate.
When is it an acceptable time to fart in front of your significant other (SO)?
Everyone who has ever been in a relationship knows the struggle of letting one slip as your mind wanders to sleep and your bodily functions freely take over. Or, even worse, being woken up by an exceptionally rumbling one from a dreamy sleep – and praying to God that your SO is a deeper sleeper than you are.
Then there are those times when you’re actually awake and can control it – and that’s a whole new ball game.
Using Google Forms, the publication Mic collected answers from 20 and 30-somethings to find out their thoughts on farting in a relationship, and when to “break the fart barrier.”
Here are the main findings:
It takes about two (too soon, no?) to six months for most people to feel comfortable farting in front of their SO. Results showed that just slightly more than half of people (51 per cent) have farted in front of their significant other in six months or less of dating. A brave handful (22.4 per cent) did so after just a few weeks, while 29 per cent waited between two to six months. Meanwhile, 25.2 per cent of respondents waited between six to 12 months to fart, only when they really felt comfortable in their relationship.
But not everyone gets comfortable that quickly.
In fact, some suffer in silence: As many as 9.3 per cent of respondents waited a whole year to let one rip. On the other end of the scale, about 10 per cent of respondents said they fart in front of their significant other as soon as they needed to fart.
Some respondents correlated the breaking of the fart barrier with other relationship milestones. For example, 5.4 per cent of people fart only when they’ve had sex. Addressing the sometimes-inevitable sleep fart, 33.3 per cent of people said it’s acceptable to fart once you’re having regular sleepovers. Meanwhile, 7 per cent of respondents said they waited until “I love you” was said before farting.
Another 19 per cent of respondents admitted that they’d only fart in a relationship once they’d heard their partner fart. Of those who wait for their partner to break the fart barrier, 73 per cent are women.
Then, there’s the 7 per cent of respondents who claimed that they will never, ever fart in front of their SO.
But, really, they probably should. Loving someone in all of his or her naturally functioning human glory and grossness is what takes your relationship to the next level.
Of course, there is a fine line between embracing the occasional fart and getting a little too comfortable (especially in a car, on a road trip, or after a Chipotle binge).