Sex is important but maybe not as much as you would think.
You might believe that having sex as often as possible will result in more happiness, but research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology shows this isn’t the case.
Having an active sex life and a solid emotional connection with your partner does equate with a better sense of well being. Once you have sex about once a week though, it doesn’t make a difference if you have more. Frolic a little more often or not under the sheets, you’ve reached the human max, experts now say.
Part of the work connected with this finding was based on analyzing surveys completed by more than 30,000 Americans over four decades, put out by the University of Chicago. It was found that for couples, happiness in the relationship generally increased with more frequent sex, but this plateaued once couples reported getting it on more than once a week.
The researchers were quick to point out that the findings don’t seem to apply to those who are single.
Additionally, those who are in a relationship shouldn’t necessarily try to have sex more frequently just to meet the weekly average.
“It’s important to maintain an intimate connection with your partner without putting too much pressure on engaging in sex as frequently as possible,” said Amy Muise, the study’s lead researcher from the University of Toronto-Mississauga.
It depends on the sexual appetite of the people in question. The work simply proves that it’s important to communicate your romantic needs to your partner, Muise says.
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