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.

By Jason Notte Aug 16, 2013 7:16AM
Image: Couple holding hands (© Corbis/Corbis)The results of a new study indicate one of two things: Either folks should get to work in the bedroom if they want to get to the boardroom, or a fundamental flaw in Greeks' misunderstanding of labor and economics may have made their country the fiscal mess it is today.

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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Aug 16, 2013 8:59AM
girls do like a guy with a big wallet! 
Aug 16, 2013 9:03AM
Money turns women on- more than looks or anything else, so if you've got money your going to have more sex.  It doesn't take a government study to figure this out.
Aug 16, 2013 8:53AM
In other words, if you bring home a big paycheck, you get sex? Works for me.
Aug 16, 2013 8:59AM
If a man earns more, his wife shucks her knickers more.
Aug 16, 2013 9:00AM

Thought it was the other way around.


Bring home a hefty paycheck & get your brains boinked out.

Aug 16, 2013 9:24AM
Especially when the sex is with your boss.
Aug 16, 2013 8:56AM
Yup once a month with the wife and all the rest of the time with others, that's what the bucks can do for you !
Aug 16, 2013 9:35AM
My experience is women want their guy to spend more time at home and with her UNTIL she decides they need more money and then she wants him to get better paying job, which means further away from home, travel, more hours, and more stress UNTIL she decides he spends too much time away from home and all the nice things the extra money buys doesn't count much anymore because he isn't around enough and when he is, he is too tired to have any fun or take a vacation so get an easier job UNTIL there isn't enough money....this is why I have had real, long term, live in relationships but never got married....see you honey,,,,I've had enough of this losing game..
Aug 16, 2013 9:47AM
It that your salary bonus? or am I just happy to see you?
Aug 16, 2013 9:38AM
I think more money means more sex...
Aug 16, 2013 10:15AM
Thats because they are in a MUCH BETTER MOOD! Let's face it, if it's been a while since you've had sex, you're going to be a lot more tense and stressed out. You need that ultimate release, not only physically, but emotionally as well.
Aug 16, 2013 9:48AM
If I had a LOT of money, like I mean wealthy or rich or whatever they call it, I would not even bother worrying about good or bad sex. I would find a pretty girl who wanted to spend qualtiy time together, doing whatever, but with the end game being really good nights of hot, erotic, intimacy. If that's all she wanted in return for my time and money, great. If some type of relatlonship developed, great but I wouldn't spend a lot of time, money, or energy trying to make a relationship first, and then hope the intimacy would turn out good. The up front goal would be great sex first, and whatever came after, OK. But I'm a working stiff living paycheck to paycheck so I have to go thru the steps first.
Aug 16, 2013 9:42AM

Don't know if they are are right but I am willing to try it every day to test the theory :)

Aug 16, 2013 9:58AM
Money can buy you a diamond ring, but money can't buy you love!! Maybe I will write a song about it!
Aug 16, 2013 3:35PM

More sex = More money. Isn't that the motto for prostitutes, hookers and call girls?

Aug 16, 2013 9:43AM
Only means they got the money to either buy the girls gifts, dinner, good times and have the ROSES that some girls need and ask for! 
Aug 16, 2013 11:36AM

There are a lot of gold diggers out there. Just look at all those whores staying at Hef's mansion.

Aug 16, 2013 5:53PM

Bottom line, if it has wheels, props or tits, it's going to cost you money.


Aug 16, 2013 1:50PM
Tell that to the welfare cases with 12 kids
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