Polyamory is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.
While "open relationship" is sometimes used as a synonym for "polyamory" or "polyamorous relationship", the terms are not synonymous.
The "open" in "open relationship" refers to the sexual aspect of a relationship, whereas "polyamory" refers to allowing bonds to form (which may be sexual or otherwise) as additional long-term relationships.
Some believe that open relationships occur more frequently in certain demographics, such as the young rather than the old in America, including, more specifically, the college-educated middle-class, rather than the uneducated working-class, or people of certain ethnic and/or other racial minorities.
Many couples consider open relationships, but choose not to follow through with the idea.
If a person attempts to approach their committed monogamous partner about transitioning to an open relationship, the monogamous partner may convince or coerce them to either stay monogamous or pursue a new partner.
Of the men who are in an open relationship, 75% believe that open relationships are great.
Many couples within open relationships are dual-career, meaning that both primary partners have a stable job and/or a career.
Neither barrier device use (such as condoms) nor more vigilant STI testing and vaccination can eliminate such risk, but can reduce the statistical increase attributable to nonmonogamy.Open relationships include any type of romantic relationship (dating, marriage, etc.) that is open.The term open relationship is sometimes used interchangeably with the closely related term polyamory, but the two concepts are not identical.The style of the open relationship will mirror the parties' involved values, goals, desires, needs and philosophies.The most successful relationships have been those that take longer to establish.Films, media, and self-help books present the message that to desire more than one partner means not having a "true" relationship.In the post-WWII 1950s-1970s, it was traditional to "date around" (with guidelines such not going out with one particular suitor twice in a row) until ready to start "going steady" (the onset of exclusivity and sexual exploration); since then, non-exclusive dating around has lost favour and going directly to steady (now known simply as exclusive dating) has been elevated instead.Both men and women in these, especially in closed groups, are also more likely to be in managerial jobs.Most also are either childfree, or post child-rearing." This means it is not unusual for homosexual men to have open relationships, which means breaking the ‘norm’ of a committed and ‘typical’ heterosexual relationship.The main unifying element to open relationship styles is non-exclusivity of romantic or sexual relationships.Another generic term for all these types of relationships is open love.