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Sex: Quality More Important Than Quantity, Study Finds

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Aug 2015 01:29 PM


Will having more sex make you happier? No, says a study from Carnegie Mellon University which examined the connection between sexual frequency and happiness.

Previous research, along with self-help books, have claimed that having more sex will lead to increased happiness, but some researchers theorized the possibility that being happy in the first place will lead to more sex, or that being healthy might lead to a person being both happier and having more sex.

Carnegie researchers recruited 128 people between the ages of 35 and 65 who were in male-female relationships and divided them into two groups. One group was given no instructions on how frequently they were to have sex, and the second group was asked to double their weekly intimacy. The researchers then observed their happiness over a three-month period.

They found that simply having more sex didn't make couples happier, partly because more sex led to a decrease in wanting and enjoying sex.

Although the couples instructed to increase sexual frequency did have more sex, it led to a small decrease, not increase, in happiness. The couples who had more sex reported lower sexual desire and a decrease in sexual enjoyment. Researchers found that it wasn't the actual increase in sex which led to decreased satisfaction, but rather appeared to be the fact they were asked to do it instead of initiating it on their own.

"Perhaps couples changed the story they told themselves about why they were having sex, from an activity voluntarily engaged in to one that was part of a research study," the study's lead author George Loewenstein said in a statement. "If we ran the study again, and could afford to do it, we would try to encourage subjects into initiating more sex in ways that put them in a sexy frame of mind, perhaps with babysitting, hotel rooms or Egyptian sheets, rather than directing them to do so."

"It seems that if you're having sex for a reason other than because you like and want sex, you may undermine the quality of that sex and your resulting mood," he told The New York Times.

Still, Loewenstein believes that most couples have too little sex for their own good, and thinks that increasing sexual frequency in the right ways can be helpful.


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