Monday, 11 May 2015

Couples that have more sex aren't happier

Another day and another myth busted? Couples who have more sex are not as happy as we thought. Instead they are less happy than those with an average sex frequency, according to a new research.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University gathered 128 couples into two groups, one of which was instructed to double their normal weekly intercourse frequency - than the other group which was instructed to maintain their normal sex frequency.

The researchers used online questionnaires to track all the couples' happiness over the 3 months of the study.

At the end of the study period those couples having sex more frequently than was normal for them actually experienced a slight decrease in their happiness, the researchers reported in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Although the researchers acknowledged that having frequent sex didn't decrease the desire for sex or the enjoyment of it; instead, they suggested, that instructing couples to have more sex even when they don't feel like it, may have lessened their happiness.

However, the lead author of the research, George Lowenstein said, 'increasing the frequency of sex the right way can increase happiness.'

I think the study is sort of inconclusive. Are they happy or not with more sex (regardless of the instructions)?

I guess we'll find out when couples who have more sex 'naturally' i.e without being instructed to do so, are compared with busy couples who have less sex.

Waiting for that result.

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