Having a secure and a long term relationship may be dependent on your ability to smell, a new study published in the journal Biological Psychology reveals.
Researchers at University of Dresden conducted a study on a group of men and women between 18 and 46 years of age who had no sense of smell and compared them with a healthy control group.
The researchers found that those who did not have a sense of smell had higher levels of social insecurity compared to those from healthy group.
"The sense of smell provides social information about others. Its absence is related with reduced social security in men and women, and affects partnership. Men exhibit much less explorative sexual behavior and women are affected in a way that they feel less secure about their partner. Our results show the importance of the sense of smell for social behavior", the researchers said.