A survey taken by gay men's "health and life magazine", FS Magazine, 41% of gay men interviewed have been in an open relationship and of the men who have been in open relationships, 27% believe that it is a good thing.
Many couples within open relationships are dual-career, meaning that both primary partners have a stable job and/or a career.
No two open relationships will be the same, and the relationship will change due to the current circumstances at each specific moment.
The style of the open relationship will mirror the parties' involved values, goals, desires, needs and philosophies.
Some find that if they cannot evenly distribute their time, they forego a partner.
Topics that are commonly found in negotiations between couples include honesty, the level of maintenance, trust, boundaries and time management.
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.
A 1974 study showed that male students who either cohabit or live in a communal group are more likely to become involved in open relationships than females, and are still more interested in the concept than females even if not participating in open relationships.
Even though having a serious commitment with one partner is common, negotiating the time spent among all partners is still important.
Although the desire to give an unlimited amount of love, energy, and emotion to others is common, the limited amount of time in a day limits the actual time spent with each partner.