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postmupndunkit 10-06-2012 12:47 PM

CNN: Sex or Money: What makes you happier?
 
http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/04/health...html?hpt=he_t3

The comments are hilarious...:applause:

Editor's note: Ian Kerner, a sexuality counselor and New York Times best-selling author, blogs about sex for CNN Health. Read more from him on his website, GoodInBed.

(CNN) -- If you're thinking that the benefits of a hefty bank account could help turn up the heat in the bedroom, you're at least partly right.

Money might not buy love, but it can allow for a sizzling sex life.

About 70% of multimillionaires -- with a mean net worth of a whopping $90 million -- say they enjoy better and more adventurous sex, according to a 2007 survey by Prince & Associates Inc., a marketing research firm specializing in global private wealth.

"Fully 63% of rich men said wealth gave them 'better sex,' which they defined as having more-frequent sex with more partners. That compares to 88% of women who said more money gave them better sex, which they defined as 'higher quality' sex," writes Robert Frank in an article for the Wealth Report entitled "The Rich Libido."

It makes sense when you think about it: Money relieves much of the life stresses that most of us have to deal with, helping those 1%ers relax and let go.

The security of extreme wealth can provide a sense of stability that many people, particularly female millionaires, find empowering. And expensive toys like private jets and trips to exotic locales certainly don't hurt, either.


Hooking up with the rich may even improve the quality of sex, at least for women. In a 2009 study (PDF), researchers at Newcastle University found that as male partners' income increased, so did the frequency of women's orgasms.

Political differences and the bedroom

Could money act as an aphrodisiac? Maybe. Or, as the study's authors suggest, perhaps wealth-inspired orgasms are the result of evolution, helping women discriminate between men to find those that have the best provider potential.

However, a partner who can provide more resources and more orgasms may not necessarily be the best long-term bet, because wealth changes people, and not always for the better.

According to social psychologist Justin Lehmiller, "Wealthier people engage in more dishonest and unethical behavior, and these traits may follow them into the bedroom. In fact, research has found that power and wealth are linked to a higher likelihood of infidelity."

But luckily for all of 99%ers, sex itself may confer more happiness than money ever could.

In one study, researchers at Dartmouth College and the University of Warwick, England, measured levels of happiness in 16,000 men and women. They found that the more sex people had, the happier they were, regardless of their age or whether they were male or female.

And while money was found to buy more sexual partners, it didn't necessarily buy more sex. In fact, men who paid for sex were considerably less happy than those who didn't, which makes sense.

According to Lehmiller, "You can buy all of the sex you want, but at the end of the day, most of us want and need more than a few moments of physical contact. Purchasing sex does not meet our psychological needs for intimacy and emotional connection."

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The researchers even found that sex is so closely tied to happiness that they estimated increasing sexual intercourse from once a month to once a week would have the same mood-boosting effects as adding $50,000 a year in income.

Sex may contribute to your happiness -- and your actual bank account -- in other ways, too. According to research by biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher, people who have more sex might do better at work.

Sex triggers the release of various brain chemicals, such as dopamine, vasopressin and oxytocin, which are associated with creativity, problem-solving, cooperation and confidence. It stands to reason, says Fisher, that regular sex might improve performance in the boardroom as well as the bedroom.

So how can you reap these rewards? Invest in your relationship by giving it the same time and attention that you would your retirement portfolio. Make time for date nights. Make sure that the number of positive interactions with your partner outnumbers the negatives.

Practice 30-second hugs to get those feel-good chemicals flowing. Share a cuddle -- and maybe a fantasy or two. Remember, you may not own six homes and a private jet, but when you bank on your relationship, you can feel just as rich.

So what makes you happier: sex or money?

kNIOKAS 10-06-2012 01:18 PM

Re: CNN: Sex or Money: What makes you happier?
 
Just one of the many worthless studies including sex. Some douchbag "scientists" doing this to get their scholarship, because, yes, sex sells.

:durantunimpressed:

longtime lurker 10-06-2012 01:42 PM

Re: CNN: Sex or Money: What makes you happier?
 
the only answer for men is money!

Celtics4ever 10-06-2012 01:58 PM

Re: CNN: Sex or Money: What makes you happier?
 
Money>Sex

L.Kizzle 10-06-2012 02:41 PM

Re: CNN: Sex or Money: What makes you happier?
 
You need money to get sex, so I say money.

StroShow4 10-06-2012 03:19 PM

Re: CNN: Sex or Money: What makes you happier?
 
$$$

Nash 10-06-2012 03:21 PM

Re: CNN: Sex or Money: What makes you happier?
 
Money leads to sex

Riddler 10-06-2012 05:16 PM

Re: CNN: Sex or Money: What makes you happier?
 
We had a thread about this in the OTC awhile ago...
(must go back and find this)


and the correct answer is sex.

Lakers Legend#32 10-06-2012 06:08 PM

Re: CNN: Sex or Money: What makes you happier?
 
With money you can always buy sex.

L.Kizzle 10-06-2012 06:47 PM

Re: CNN: Sex or Money: What makes you happier?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Riddler
We had a thread about this in the OTC awhile ago...
(must go back and find this)


and the correct answer is sex.

You get sex without money? How is that possible?

Riddler 10-06-2012 07:08 PM

Re: CNN: Sex or Money: What makes you happier?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by L.Kizzle
You get sex without money? How is that possible?


I don't look at the question that way.

That's like saying sex is more important than food & water.

Obviously you need some money to survive.



Look at this question this way:

Would rather have a low income and gorgeous women to sleep with... or a very high income but hardly any sex at all.

I just don't see the point of being rich if you don't have a woman... I guess if I were 80 years old I might prefer money instead.

L.Kizzle 10-06-2012 07:13 PM

Re: CNN: Sex or Money: What makes you happier?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Riddler
I don't look at the question that way.

That's like saying sex is more important than food & water.

Obviously you need some money to survive.



Look at this question this way:

Would rather have a low income and gorgeous women to sleep with... or a very high income but hardly any sex at all.

I just don't see the point of being rich if you don't have a woman... I guess if I were 80 years old I might prefer money instead.

But if you're rich, you're gonna get women. Money and women are like a magnet.

Riddler 10-06-2012 07:16 PM

Re: CNN: Sex or Money: What makes you happier?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Lakers Legend#32
With money you can always buy sex.



The article in the OP says this

Quote:

In fact, men who paid for sex were considerably less happy than those who didn't, which makes sense.

According to Lehmiller, "You can buy all of the sex you want, but at the end of the day, most of us want and need more than a few moments of physical contact. Purchasing sex does not meet our psychological needs for intimacy and emotional connection."

Killbot 10-06-2012 07:18 PM

Re: CNN: Sex or Money: What makes you happier?
 
Money. Stupid question.

Money gets you more things than just sex.

Sex is only sex.

Money wins.

ILLsmak 10-06-2012 07:23 PM

Re: CNN: Sex or Money: What makes you happier?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by postmupndunkit
http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/04/health...html?hpt=he_t3

The comments are hilarious...:applause:

Editor's note: Ian Kerner, a sexuality counselor and New York Times best-selling author, blogs about sex for CNN Health. Read more from him on his website, GoodInBed.

(CNN) -- If you're thinking that the benefits of a hefty bank account could help turn up the heat in the bedroom, you're at least partly right.

Money might not buy love, but it can allow for a sizzling sex life.

About 70% of multimillionaires -- with a mean net worth of a whopping $90 million -- say they enjoy better and more adventurous sex, according to a 2007 survey by Prince & Associates Inc., a marketing research firm specializing in global private wealth.

"Fully 63% of rich men said wealth gave them 'better sex,' which they defined as having more-frequent sex with more partners. That compares to 88% of women who said more money gave them better sex, which they defined as 'higher quality' sex," writes Robert Frank in an article for the Wealth Report entitled "The Rich Libido."

It makes sense when you think about it: Money relieves much of the life stresses that most of us have to deal with, helping those 1%ers relax and let go.

The security of extreme wealth can provide a sense of stability that many people, particularly female millionaires, find empowering. And expensive toys like private jets and trips to exotic locales certainly don't hurt, either.


Hooking up with the rich may even improve the quality of sex, at least for women. In a 2009 study (PDF), researchers at Newcastle University found that as male partners' income increased, so did the frequency of women's orgasms.

Political differences and the bedroom

Could money act as an aphrodisiac? Maybe. Or, as the study's authors suggest, perhaps wealth-inspired orgasms are the result of evolution, helping women discriminate between men to find those that have the best provider potential.

However, a partner who can provide more resources and more orgasms may not necessarily be the best long-term bet, because wealth changes people, and not always for the better.

According to social psychologist Justin Lehmiller, "Wealthier people engage in more dishonest and unethical behavior, and these traits may follow them into the bedroom. In fact, research has found that power and wealth are linked to a higher likelihood of infidelity."

But luckily for all of 99%ers, sex itself may confer more happiness than money ever could.

In one study, researchers at Dartmouth College and the University of Warwick, England, measured levels of happiness in 16,000 men and women. They found that the more sex people had, the happier they were, regardless of their age or whether they were male or female.

And while money was found to buy more sexual partners, it didn't necessarily buy more sex. In fact, men who paid for sex were considerably less happy than those who didn't, which makes sense.

According to Lehmiller, "You can buy all of the sex you want, but at the end of the day, most of us want and need more than a few moments of physical contact. Purchasing sex does not meet our psychological needs for intimacy and emotional connection."

Beyond 'Fifty Shades': Sex experts share their favorite books

The researchers even found that sex is so closely tied to happiness that they estimated increasing sexual intercourse from once a month to once a week would have the same mood-boosting effects as adding $50,000 a year in income.

Sex may contribute to your happiness -- and your actual bank account -- in other ways, too. According to research by biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher, people who have more sex might do better at work.

Sex triggers the release of various brain chemicals, such as dopamine, vasopressin and oxytocin, which are associated with creativity, problem-solving, cooperation and confidence. It stands to reason, says Fisher, that regular sex might improve performance in the boardroom as well as the bedroom.

So how can you reap these rewards? Invest in your relationship by giving it the same time and attention that you would your retirement portfolio. Make time for date nights. Make sure that the number of positive interactions with your partner outnumbers the negatives.

Practice 30-second hugs to get those feel-good chemicals flowing. Share a cuddle -- and maybe a fantasy or two. Remember, you may not own six homes and a private jet, but when you bank on your relationship, you can feel just as rich.

So what makes you happier: sex or money?


Heh, better compared to what? It would only make sense if each person was comparing their non-millionaire life to their millionaire life, but then it's possible that they were just unable to get ***** before people started using them for money. I find this to be a stupid study.

-Smak


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