More sex does not mean more happiness, according to a study published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal.
One is the magic number in this care, as the student found that once couples are having sex about once weekly, happiness in the relationship begins to level off.
Amy Muise, the author of the study, is a sex and romance researcher at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and she believes that couples should not feel pressured to frequent promiscuity several times a week.
She told the Huffington Post:
In general it is important to maintain a sexual connection with a romantic partner, but it is also important to have realistic expectations for one’s sex life, given that many couples are busy with work and responsibilities. Our research suggests that engaging in regular sex is associated with happiness, but it is not necessary, on average, for couples to aim to engage in sex as frequently as possible.
Three tests were conducted during the study.
The first came from a 23-year study of over 25,000 people – finding that more sex is linked to higher levels of happiness, but only until the frequency reaches about once a week.
The second was an online survey which saw 335 participants confirm that more sex equate to more happiness.
The final test included data from a 14-year study of 2,400 married couples, which again found that sex was linked to higher levels of satisfaction with the relationship, but only until they had sex about once a week.
So there you have it. A weekly target is apparently the way to go. Consider us baffled.