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Making more money linked to having more sex: Which comes first?

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People who have sex more frequently also make more money.

Apparently it’s true. People who make more money have more sex than those who make less. The reasons researchers say is because higher wage earners have better health, greater emotional stability and are generally happier. But which comes first? Is it more money; then a healthier sex life, or do people who are more sexually active land higher paying jobs?

Researchers at the Institute for the Study of Labor in Germany suggest the two are linked either way. For starters, sexual health is an indicator of overall good health that can affect productivity that affects wages.

Investigators for the study say performing well on the job increases a person’s sense of self-esteem, which is something we all need for overall well-being including optimal sexual health.

Study author Nick Drydakis said “People need to love and be loved, sexually and non-sexually. In the absence of these elements, many people become susceptible to loneliness, social anxiety, and depression that could affect their working life.”

Of course, making more money and having more sex could also go hand-in-hand because there’s more discretionary income to get out and date or take your partner out for a romantic meal – or gifts that get repaid with sexual ‘favors’ even.

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Past studies have shown people who even think they’re having more sex than the next person are happier.

The study found people who make more money have sex an average of four-times a week. The authors note most adults have sex once a week, based on past literature.

The question is which comes first? Is it happiness from having frequent sex that leads to a better paying job, or is a higher paying job a libido booster?

It might be that frequent sex is indeed the motivator. The authors write “Maslow (1954) theorised that basic needs such as food, water, and sexual activity must be met before any other motivations occur.”

The study authors say the finding should pique interest among economists and social scientists.

People who have more sex are generally healthier, have greater cognitive and reasoning skill and are generally extroverted.

Social scientists might also take interest “…since sexual activity is considered to be a barometer for health, quality of life, well-being and happiness,” the authors concluded.