Does More Sex Equal Higher Checks?

Photo: U.S. Federal Reserve via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: U.S. Federal Reserve via Wikimedia Commons

Y’all are gonna have to weigh in on this article I read about sex and wages.

It all started last night, when I was online in the dining room. Hubby was doing the dishes in the kitchen. (And yes, he’s a rockstar dish-man, especially when I make his fave chicken and dumplings.)

[Side Note to my gluten free friendsthese GF dumplings performed fabulously in my regular chicken and dumpling recipe…Squeeee!!]

So I call in there and tell him:

“Hey, Honey! Check this out. One of my Facebook pals sent me this article that says: People who have sex 4 or more times per week make more money.”

He walked all the way over to the doorway of the dining room, dishtowel in hand. “Are you trying to tell me something? You’ve been out of town, you know.”

“No! Geesh. And I’m sure we had virtual sex at least that often while I was gone. You’ve got to hear this. This article is tripping me out.”

I read some of it out loud to him:

“People need to love and be loved (sexually and non-sexually) by others. In the absence of these elements, many people become susceptible to loneliness, social anxiety, and depression that could affect their working life,” study author Nick Drydakis, an economics lecturer at Angila Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, said to by email.

Well, yeah…Duh.

But wait, there’s more:

Drydakis took a closer look at data collected on 7,500 people aged 26 to 50 who lived in Greece.

[Hello? Greece! Who doesn’t want to have sex in Greece? I’ve wanted to get it on there ever since I watched Summer Lovers in the 80s. Plus, the Greeks take 2-3 hour siestas every afternoon. Of course they’re having tons of sex. 

One last note: their economy was tanking when this study was done. It’s possible they were in a period with PLENTY of freee time.]

Subjects who had sex four or more times a week made 5 percent more money in their employment wages than those who didn’t. Those who said they weren’t having sex at all made 3.2 percent less than their counterparts who were having sex.

[And how do we know they were really having that much sex? Was this study following them around? They could have fudged the numbers, if you know what I mean.]

Drydakis said the more important thing to note is that those who had more sex were also more likely to be outgoing and had lower rates of diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.

“It seems that we have to consider jointly the relations between happiness, sexual activity, productivity and wages,” he said.

And my hat’s off to hubby because he immediately said: “But, is that increased salary a cause or an effect?”

Thasss right. Look at my psych major hubby go with the statistical analysis.

“If you make more money, you probably have at least two nannies taking care of your kids, which means you have more time for sex. The wealthy hire lots of stuff out to other people. And I’ll bet they take more vacations.”

I listened to him and said, “You know, you’re kind of depressing me with all this groovy stuff that the rich people have that all us ‘everyday’ people don’t.”

His final line before he went back to the dishes?

“Maybe the only really wealthy people are porn stars.”

[The Hubs is awesome at the smarta$$ snark…I love it!]

So, excepting porn stars and prostitutes, do you think people who are having more sex are driven to excel in their careers? Or that people who excel in their careers (and earn more money) are able to have more sex? Do you have another theory entirely? Enquiring minds LOVE to know these things here at More Cowbell!


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35 Responses to Does More Sex Equal Higher Checks?

  1. I have no clue…but I wouldn’t need the incentive of a higher salary. 😀


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      LOL…no kidding. Our time increased when the child went to pre-school. I can’t imagine what would happen if we actually got to take a vacation alone. We’d be hanging from the rafters!


  2. Things are good here. And my Hubby? Is a doctor. {just sayin} wink wink 😉


  3. Jane Sadek says:

    Hubby is a commodities trader. This article could change his life. If you never hear from me again, I may have become a sex slave chained to the bedpost.


  4. My husband’s retired (and mostly tired.) Hmm, maybe that’s why I write romance. That way I get to have sex as often as I want!


  5. I haven’t had sex 4 times a week regularly since I was in college and I was a broke ass person back then as I am today with my lucky to get sex 4 times in 2 months existence (thank you children!)


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      *clutches sides laughing* –> “..and I was a broke ass person back then..”

      You’re killing me this morning. I too have a child and 4x/week is currently unreachable. However, you get us on vacation (ALONE) and we’re like kids with a new toy we want to play with all the time. 🙂


  6. Going the Clintonesque “depends of your definition” route…

    Did the article specify it took two for that salary bump tango? Writing steam and being a GB fan-addict may indicate I’m underpaid for my vicarious and imaginary world antics.

    Just sayin’…


  7. I’m forwarding this to my husband. That is all.


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      And I’m sure he will LOVE it. Perhaps you’ll be like Jane and play some “Master and Slave.” #IDontWantToKnow (Totally lying…of course I do!)


      • Ha! That’s a hurdle I haven’t yet been able to bring myself to jump; publishing my smut, that is. Of course, I’ve only been sharing any writing at all for two years, so give me a moment. I need a really good pseudonym first, I think, or my daughters will be mortified! Then maybe…we shall see! Or maybe I just need to hit 50 and then I’ll be more able to throw caution to the wind. I just keep thinking about when I have grandkids…. “Grandma is a writer. No, you can’t read any of her stuff, Mommy doesn’t even read any of her stuff, it’s naughty.” 😛 Of course, who am I to say? Maybe they would read it. How do people deal with this issue? I guess I just have to NOT CARE what anyone else thinks. Ugh! Working on that!


  8. We ARE on a similar wavelength! I love it. 🙂

    I think that passionate people tend to be passionate in all ways, which is why artists often have more and better sex than non-artists. (Hee ha!) Many artists are rich in the important ways, but not necessarily financially. And, when money/materialism are goals, I personally think that’s a problem. Totally thought-provoking post, Jenny! And up Girl Boner alley. 😉


  9. Um, did they ask them who they were having sex with? I know, I’m a cynic. LOL


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      BAHAHAHAHA! Excellent point, Pauline. It’s an excellent question if you’re thinking about the personality type that would be a driver in their career. This was hubby’s exact thought.


  10. tomwisk says:

    That explains why I have minimal cash.


  11. filbio says:

    Well, I guess this explains why I make a good salary and am pretty relaxed with little stress in my life! Nailed it!


  12. Dawn says:

    Hmmm, so, even after reading through the previous comments, I still have no idea which came first – the chicken or the egg? I suppose it’s possible that the $$ came first, with the time for extracurricular activity to follow. But, maybe it IS the other way around. Maybe having that loving relationship DOES do something to make a person more productive in the workplace. Who can say? Very interesting, though!


  13. K.B. Owen says:

    Fab post, Jenny! I wonder if thinking about nookie counts towards the total? Although that can be distracting from one’s job…unless you’re a romance writer, LOL.

    Even when one’s children are older, a little quiet time together is a challenge (and when they get to certain age, there are other reasons it’s a challenge).

    Hubs and I got a much-needed weekend away – alone – for a wedding. Let’s just say it was very nice! Oh, and so was the wedding. 😉

    By the time the kids are out of the house, I hope we’re not reduced to chasing each other around the room with our walkers. “Hey honey, I took a bath…AND I found my dentures!”


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      God, I hope thinking about it counts. That makes my numbers MUCH more acceptable. 🙂

      And don’t tell me the toddler/baby schedule gets worse. At least now we have naptime to fall back on. And NOW I know why you looked so happy and relaxed in that wedding photo you put on Facebook. It all makes sense now.


  14. Julie Glover says:

    Only four times a week?

    Just kidding. I think health begets health. If you’re in a healthy relationship, then you’re feeling better about life and have more oomph to put into your job and a better sense of why you’re doing it. And that healthy relationship includes frequent sex.

    Sex is hard to study because, for obvious reasons, so much of it is self-report. Plus, it’s difficult to establish causation, but the correlation is still interesting. This study could launch a new approach in households: “Honey, come to the bedroom! I need to pay bills!”


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