Having more sex than your friends makes you happier, study finds. In other news the sky is still blue.
Since when do we need a study to tell us what everyone has known since, ever? Of course it's awesome to have more sex than your friends and hold it over them. That's half the point. Why have bad, meaningless sex with someone you don't really like if you're not going to brag about how great it was the next morning.
Via Eurekalert: Tim Wadsworth, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder, who recently published the results of a study of how sexual frequency corresponds with happiness. As has been well documented with income, the happiness linked with having more sex can rise or fall depending on how individuals believe they measure up to their peers, Wadsworth found.
His paper, "Sex and the Pursuit of Happiness: How Other People's Sex Lives are Related to Our Sense of Well-Being," was published in the February edition of Social Indicators Research.
Using national survey data and statistical analyses, Wadsworth found that people reported steadily higher levels of happiness as they reported steadily higher sexual frequency. But he also found that even after controlling for their own sexual frequency, people who believed they were having less sex than their peers were unhappier than those who believed they were having as much or more than their peers.
"There's an overall increase in sense of well-being that comes with engaging in sex more frequently, but there's also this relative aspect to it," he said. "Having more sex makes us happy, but thinking that we are having more sex than other people makes us even happier."
So while tuition is between $23,000 and $45,000 for students, CU is paying a professor to conduct a study that could have been completed by watching ANY episode of How I Met Your Mother. Well played CU, well played.