The idea that the more sex a couple has, the happier it becomes has just been proven wrong in a study. It turns out that the key is actually not having sex more often. In fact, it has more to do with finding a way to make it more exciting for both partners.
The study was conducted by researchers from the Carnegie Mellon University, who have studied 64 married couples, aged from 35 to 65, throughout a period of three months. The principle of the experiment was clear and simple.
The subjects were split into two groups. While the couples in the first group were left in their own rhythm, the ones in the second were ordered to have sexual intercourse twice as often as they normally would.
All subjects were asked to be part of an extensive survey, at the beginning and end of the experiment. The multitude of questions assessed a wide variety of issues, such as the range of sexual behavior, the types of sexual activities that bring pleasure to the subject, the level of satisfaction with the subject’s sex life and the subject’s level of happiness.
After the three months were up and the surveys redone, the results were not what you would think. It seems that the couples from the more sexually active group were in fact less happy then those in the normal group. But again, not for the obvious reasons.
Not only did having more sex not make them happier, but actually turned out to make them frustrated with the entire situation. An important decline in desire and enjoyment was observed in the couples from the second group.
After analyzing the data, the scientists at Carnegie Mellon University figured out that it was in fact their experiment that was flawed and that their conclusions would turn out different than what they were expecting.
They repeatedly observed that their subjects did not enjoy having sex out of obligation. This made them rethink their methods and they said that if they could redo the experiment, they would “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.”
However, the findings of the study still proved to be significant from a different standpoint. They have disproved the myth that it is the frequency of sexual intercourse that dictates the level of happiness of a couple and have given weight to the theory that it’s all about the quality.
The researches do not know if and when they will have the necessary resources to conduct a similar study, but they strongly believe that there is a link between happiness and having more sex for the right reasons.
The study was published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization and will constitute the basis of future research. Until more light is shed on the matter, the Carnegie Mellon University scientists encourage couples to put more work in exploring their sexuality and finding those things that will renew their desire, rather than obsessing over the fact that they aren’t having sex as often as they did at the beginning of the relationship.
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