Study: More Sex Could Make You Less Happy

(2015) Study: More Sex Could Make You Less Happy

This study seems familiar. I may have already posted about this a few weeks ago.

(Link): Study: More sex could make you less happy


  • by J. Mabry
  • SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — When it comes to sex and happiness, it’s about quality, not quantity, according to a new study. In fact, too much sex can actually make you less happy.
  • Researchers at Carenegie Mellon University wanted to see if there was a “positive correlation between sexual frequency and happiness.”
  • What they found was that happy people are happy by nature — whether they are having frequent sex, or not. In fact, the study found for some couples frequent intercourse actually decreased happiness and lowered their sexual desire and enjoyment.
  • The study was published in this month’s (Link): Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

You can click the link at the top to read the rest of their article.

(Link): Having more sex DOESN’T make you happier: Scientists claim too much time in the bedroom can make you miserable

  • Researchers assigned some couples in a group to have more sex 
  • The more sex they had, the less they felt desire and pleasure from sex
  • Scientists say this may have been linked to the fact the couples were asked to do it, rather than initiating on their own
  • You might think having more sex will make you happier, but a new study argues it could do the opposite.

  • Researchers in the US have found that frequent sex can often lack spontaneity, romance and desire.

  • They argue that sex is more about quality than quantity, and having sex too often can make some couples tired of it altogether.

  • Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say earlier links found between sex and happiness aren’t as straightforward as they seem.

  • Being happy in the first place, for example, might lead someone to have more sex, or being healthy might result in being both happier and having more sex.

  • As part of the study, researchers experimentally assigned some couples to have more sex.

  • They report that simply having more sex did not make couples happier, in part because the increased frequency led to a decline in wanting for and enjoyment of sex.

  • One hundred and twenty eight healthy individuals between the ages of 35-65 who were in married male-female couples participated in the research.

  • The researchers randomly assigned the couples to one of two groups.

  • The first group received no instructions on sexual frequency. The second group was asked to double their weekly sexual intercourse frequency.

  • Daily during the experimental period, the participants answered questions online to measure health behaviours, happiness levels and the occurrence, type and enjoyableness of sex.

  • The couples instructed to increase sexual frequency did have more sex. However, this led to a small decrease in happiness.

  • Looking further, the researchers found that couples instructed to have more sex reported lower sexual desire and a decrease in sexual enjoyment.

  • It wasn’t that actually having more sex led to decreased wanting and liking for sex. Instead, it seemed to be just the fact that they were asked to do it, rather than initiating on their own.

(Link):  16 Confessions From People Who Waited Until Marriage To Have Sex

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(Link):  On Tinder, Off Sex – One Woman’s Story About Secondary Abstinence 

(Link):  How My Wild Sex Drive Killed My Marriage – review by L. Crocker of book by R. Rinaldi

(Link): Self Control – everyone has it, is capable of it, but most choose not to use it (New Study Says Conservatives Have Better Self Control Than Liberals)


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