The news is in, folks: gettin’ lucky increases your lifespan. A study published by the Institute for the Study of Labor in Germany has concluded that people who have sex four or more times a week earned more money than their asexual brethren.
Nick Drydakis, the study author and an economics lecturer at Angila Ruskin University in Cambridge, told CBS News that without an active sex life, “many people become susceptible to loneliness, social anxiety, and depression that could affect their working life.”
In order to assemble his data, Drydakis looked at a year-long survey of 7,500 households in Greece.
The study included both straight and gay couples, although only 5.5 percent of respondents reported their status as LGBT. The really interesting finding: people not having any sex made 3.2 percent less money than those who were. The trends seem unaffected by such variables as education, sexual orientation, or job held.
The study does not make any conclusions about the link between sex and money, although some might claim they have mastered it. Drydakis seems to think that people who are employed simply have more cash to spend on dates, but the fact may just be that people who can afford to date buy more gifts for their partners.
The HuffPost took an interesting note with the financial details: the research makes the claim that workers between the ages of 26 and 50 tend to get higher financial returns on their sexual activity, and that those returns are unaffected by your sexual orientation.
In summation (because the whole thing does sound a bit strange): four instances of sexual activity a week are correlated with statistically significant higher wages. If you have health problems, the correlation remains true; if you are straight or gay, the correlation remains true; and if you are younger than 50, you get the highest financial return on your investment of time spent having sex.