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Does More Sex Equal More Money?


If you want to raise your paycheck, should you focus on increasing your sexy time? According to one study, the answer appears to be yes.

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The study from the Institute for the Study of Labor at the University of Bonn looked at the Greek population in 2008. They discovered, after weighing a number of variables, that “one standard deviation of increase in sexual activity corresponded with a 5.4 percent increase in wages” for Greeks between the ages of 26 and 50, according the Washington Post’s Wonkblog.

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The study also found married men that weren’t having any sex were receiving lower wages by 1.3 percent.

Before you rush to the bedroom, the study just points out a correlation between wages and sex, not a causation, which makes a big difference the Atlantic’s Matthew O’Brien explains.

“We don’t know which way — if at all — the causation runs. It might be that having more sex really does make people make more,” O’Brien writes. “Or it might be that making more makes people less stressed — and that makes them have more sex. Or it might be that something we aren’t observing is causing both.”

It’s also worth highlighting the study just looked at Greeks for one particular year, not exactly a diverse sample size.

Not making enough money or not having enough sex might be frustrating, but don’t think solving one problem will solve the other.


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