At Tom Robbins Still life at the peak, he wrote “There is only one serious question. And it’s: Who knows how to make love last? Now, okay, there’s probably more than one serious question, but undoubtedly the one posed by Robbins is quite an important one. And while much ink has been spilled over the exact answer, a recent survey provides at least part of a clue: Mario Kart.
This comes from a CenturyLink survey of a thousand couples, and it comes with some caveats. First, only one in three couples aged 18 to 24 say that gambling has had an overall positive effect on their relationship. Unsurprisingly, this number is higher among 18-24 year olds who say they play video games: 52% of them said that video games had been good for their love life. And the couples who say the game has been good for them have ranked Mario Kart as the best game for their relationship, followed by Call of Duty and Skyrim.
So what does all this mean? Well, it’s hard to lay down too many general rules here. Especially for those of us (and this is purely hypothetical) who can’t seem to beat their partner in Mario Kart no matter how hard I – uh, I mean, this person – tries. Again, this could be about anyone.
“Romantic partners of Millennials grew up with video games as a big part of their lives,” Dr. James Gaskin, video game developer and Brigham Young University professor told CenturyLink. “As a result, the game just feels more natural and accepted. Whereas with older generations, a partner who played video games was seen as juvenile and irresponsible.
Well, maybe it’s because those older generations played too much pong and not enough Mario Kart. Just make sure when you play Mario Kart with your partner, to avoid Rainbow Road. No relationship can survive Rainbow Road.