It’s true that the benefits of sex are countless. Not only does it feel good, it also makes you healthy – strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, lowers rate of heart disease, a great exercise, and many more. But, does it mean that increasing sex will also increase the benefits? More sex doesn’t mean increase in the perks of sex, instead, it results to exactly the opposite – disappointment.
The Carnegie Mellon University published a study in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization which became available online this May. The research was participated by 128 healthy married individuals in male-female relationships whose age ranges from 35 to 65. At the beginning of the experiment, each participant was asked to answer questions to establish baselines for the study. The couples were then divided randomly into two groups. The first group was asked to double the frequency of their sexual intercourse every week. The second group was asked to maintain the normal. All participants were individually instructed to answer daily questions on the internet pertaining to health , level of happiness, and pleasantness of sex.
The results of the experimentation show that couples who were asked to double their sexual activity reported actual increase in sexual frequency but only up to 40% more. Furthermore, they reported that although there was increase in sexual frequency, there was no increase in happiness. Instead, there was a small decline in happiness, lessened sexual appetite, and lesser enjoyment of sex. The researchers, however, pointed out that the decline in sexual desire may be a result of forced, rather than a voluntary, performance of sex. And decrease in happiness may mean the result of their anxiety to reach their target of twice their normal sex performance.
Despite the result of the experiment, the researchers still believe that increasing sexual frequency by choice, not enforced, can have positive outcomes to married couples.
“Perhaps couples changed the story they told themselves about why they were having sex, from an activity voluntarily engaged in to one that was part of a research study. If we ran the study again, and could afford to do it, we would try to encourage subjects into initiating more sex in ways that put them in a sexy frame of mind, perhaps with baby-sitting, hotel rooms or Egyptian sheets, rather than directing them to do so,” according to experiment’s lead investigator, George Loewenstein.