I think everyone knows that when it comes to money and sex, you can never have too much.
Now, there’s new academic research suggesting that the more sex you have, the more money you make. And no, I’m not making this stuff up.
The study is titled “The Effect of Sexual Activity on Wages,” and it’s authored by Nick Drydakis, a senior lecturer in economics at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. According to Drydakis, employees who have sex more than four times a week receive 5% higher wages.
“There is a monotonic relationship between the frequency of sexual activity and wage returns,” wrote Drydakis, in the report published by the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany.
The research Drydakis conducted concluded that sexual activity is a “barometer” for characteristics that most companies value in an employee. Traits such as being generally happy, physically stronger and healthier all contribute to a better, more productive worker — and all of those characteristics are generally present in people who have a robust sex life. Interestingly, the study also found that those who have limited sexual activity actually earn 3% less in wages than those who are sexually active.
Of course, a skeptic of this research could conclude that the link between earning more money and having more sex is a mere correlation and not causation. And while this situation may be true, I also think it stands to reason that if you are having more sex, you are a happier person — and happier people tend to make better employees, better friends and generally make the world a lot better place.
To prove this thesis, I challenge you to do a little introspective experiment right now. Think about a period in your life when your own sexual activity was at a peak. I venture to say there’s a smile on your face just thinking about it. That smile, and the general sense of euphoria that goes along with it, most likely translated into you having a better disposition, as well as better performance at work and/or school. It also was likely a period in your personal history where life felt pretty damn sweet.
As for the Drydakis research, there was one caveat in the conclusions: that the positive correlation between sex and wages could work in reverse. In other words, those who earn higher wages tend to attract more sexually vibrant partners. As Drydakis puts it, “They [higher wage earners] may increase the value and attractiveness of a person on the dating market.” In plain English, this phenomenon can be considered the gold-digger effect.
To me, the thesis that people who enjoy healthy sex lives also are those who tend to make more money than those who don’t have healthy sex lives doesn’t require an academic study for validation. Indeed, if we think about sex as a psychologically healthy expression, it is a celebratory aspect of life that permeates positively through all aspects of a person’s existence — including his or her professional life.
So, while we might not actually be able to increase the size of our bank accounts directly through having more sex, we likely can increase our happiness through a healthy sexual relationship. Once we do that, the rest of our lives likely will improve — including our earning potential.