8/16/2013 11:16 AM ET|
More sex means bigger paychecks, study says
Research indicates that satisfied workers fare better than their sexless colleagues, but the fact that it was conducted in Greece may kill the mood a bit.
According to the Institute for the Study of Labor, people who have sex four times or more a week make more money than their comparatively chaste colleagues. According to the study, the pay rates of people who have sex four times a week are 3.2% higher than for those who restrict their sexual activity to just once a week.
By comparison, those having no sex see a 1% to 1.3% drop in wages from their once-a-week cohorts. However, the study doesn't quite state that having more sex is always preferable. In fact, people who can keep it to once a month earn 5% more than those with weekly trysts.
The study analyzed data collected throughout 2008 from 7,500 households in Greece. That year, coincidentally, kicked off what has now become 20 straight quarters of economic decline in the country. Greece nearly collapsed under a crushing load of debt and unemployment and has received more than $319 billion in bailout loans since 2010, The New York Times reports.
So do unemployed Europeans finally have enough time to spend between the sheets to boost their economy? Not quite. If anything, this study just indicates how far idle minds can wander when seeking a solution to a seemingly endless financial crisis.
Though recent advances have halted economic contraction among the countries using the euro, technically ending the eurozone recession, there's still a lot of recovery ahead. Greece's unemployment rate still hovers around 27%. Though the contraction of its economy year over year slowed from 5.6% in the first quarter to 4.6% in the second, it's still heading in the wrong direction.
Europe is finally creating more jobs, but estimates don't anticipate a full recovery in the eurozone until 2015. In the meantime, the study indicates, people who have frequent sex tend to be happier, have higher self-esteem and better reasoning ability, and are less likely to be depressed. That applies equally to both gay and straight respondents.
Basically, happier and healthier people make more money, and sex tends to help with both. It's a correlation, not a cause, but it's also a bit of hope for a country that hasn't had much to be happy about since the economic crisis began.
Sex may not solve all of Europe's problems, but if it's keeping the continent out of world-war-causing despair and allowing real recovery to take place, there are certainly worse, less enjoyable options available.
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