October 17th, 2014
Researchers have studied the correlation between the activity in bed and the salary of some workers. As it turns out, those who do not have such an intense sex life, have lower salaries (3 percent less) than those who do.
Sex will make you rich. No, this is not an advertisement to promote prostitution, but the result of a research conducted by Nick Drydakis from the Anglia Ruskin University of Cambridge. His paper, which was terminated in July after one year of research, tested over 7500 persons in Greece. The results show that the more passion one has the more he earns: those who have sex more than four times per week have a salary 5% higher than average. On the other hand, for those who do not practice the ars amatoria regularly, the salary drops down to 3,2% below average.
The motivation behind the researcher’s results starts from the fact that good conditions of health and sanity are associated with a higher remuneration; these characteristics are correlated to sexual activity. One can expect – and scientifically demonstrate – that sex is an indicator of wealth and is therefore linked to higher salaries.
Starting from the theory of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs of the mid-fifties, Drydakis explains that people who are sexually active are happier, develop more self-esteem and a higher level of problem-solving abilities. Also, they have less chance to suffer from depression. Other scientific studies have already proved that workers with physical disabilities encounter more problems while pursuing higher salaries, because they are often discriminated against.
The pool of people who were interviewed confirmed the initial hypothesis. The researcher did not prove that there is a causal connection between the two factors, though. So it could also be the other way around: the richer one is, the more willing he/she is to be sexually active and to find a sexual partner.
“Sexual activity can be interesting for economists” the author says and he suggests that research can be conducted on this direction to get to know how health, cognitive and non-cognitive abilities influence salaries, and personal development. “But sex can be interesting also for social scientists, who can use it as a parameter for individual needs.”
Nick Drydakis (2013). The effect of sexual activity on wages IZA