More Sex is Fun, but Not When It’s a Chore

A woman sits on the edge of the bed while her partner reads

A bored woman sits on the edge of the bed while her partner readsObviously.

Research shows that having more sex often results in increased happiness. A recent study tried to see whether the increased sex was the cause of the happiness. Unfortunately, when researchers assign sex as a task, followed by a filling out a form, it’s not quite as exciting. Who’d have thought?

Maybe a better study would involve fewer forms and more fun.

Part of the difficulty of studying sex is that spontaneity plays heavily into excitement. Feeling like sex is a requirement rather than a treat puts a bit of a damper on things.

The Guardian reports about this, saying “More sex please, but just don’t tell us to do it.”

Does Increased Sexual Frequency Enhance Happiness?” (abstract). George Loewenstein, Tamar Krishnamurti, Jessica Kopsic, Daniel McDonald. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Vol. 116, August 2015.



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