Sex makes us happy, therefore getting laid more will make us happier, right?
Well, not really.
Surprise! Based on a new study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University, couples who have more sex were not necessarily happier.
The study involved 64 married pairs aged 35 to 65. Half of them were assigned a not-so-hard-hitting task: double their weekly dose of body contact. The other half, meanwhile, were not given any instructions.
Then, the couples had to answer an online survey to measure their happiness levels and how much they enjoyed sex everyday. Results show that "the increased frequency led to a decline in wanting for and enjoyment of sex." Wait, what?
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Here's the explanation: The researchers admitted that it wasn’t sex that lowered the pleasure, but the fact that they were asked to do it rather than initiating it on their own. That actually makes sense, dontchathink?
"The desire to have sex decreases much more quickly than the enjoyment of sex once it's been initiated," one of the study’s designers, Tamar Krishnamurti, said.
"Instead of focusing on increasing sexual frequency to the levels they experienced at the beginning of a relationship, couples may want to work on creating an environment that sparks their desire and makes the sex that they do have even more fun," she adds.
So, what does the study ultimately tell us? Two things. First, getting down and dirty because you're asked to is not as satisfying as really wanting sex in the first place. Second, the environment plays a key role in every humpfest.
Got that, ladies and gents?