If you have a tendency to roll your eyes when someone calls their partner "sugar drop" or "muffin", you're definitely not alone. But calling a partner a pet name is way more popular than you might think. A new survey from Superdrug Online Doctor, the U.K. medical resource site, asked more than 1,020 people between the ages of 20 and 71 about all about their feelings toward pet names — and found that 87 percent of Americans use them with a partner.
In a lot of cases, using a pet name can be a great thing. "I think pet names for couples is actually very positive in a relationship," relationship therapist Aimee Hartstein, LCSW tells Bustle. "It cements the special bond between two people if you have special names that only the two of you use for each other." That being said, sometimes they can be used as a derogative. "The only time the use of pet names is negative is if the names are critical or mean," she says. But usually it's a sign of endearment.
The survey results agreed. In fact, addressing your partner by a pet name was shown to increase relationship satisfaction by 16 percent for U.S. couples — and nine percent for European couples. So using a pet name can make you feel closer and happier. But that wasn't all they found — here's what else the survey revealed about our pet name usage, because some names really get on people's nerves.