This means that they agree that other people relating in a romantic or intimate way with their partner is accepted, permitted, or tolerated.Generally, an open relationship is when the parties involved have two or more romantic or sexual relationships occurring at the same time either as a short-term relationship, such as dating, or a long-term relationship, such as marriage.Some couples see swinging as a healthy outlet and means to strengthen their relationship.
The term open relationship is sometimes used interchangeably with the closely related term polyamory, but the two concepts are not identical.
The main unifying element to open relationship styles is non-exclusivity of romantic or sexual relationships.
They also help people to feel safe and that they are just as important in the open relationship as their partners.
Some couples create a physical relationship contract.
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.