After years of hearing sex is a great mood booster, science has gone and thrown a wet blanket in the bedroom by suggesting too much sex could actually be decreasing your overall happiness and mood.
Fusion reports that a new study by Carnegie Mellon University published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization found that too much sex can actually be a bad thing. Researchers studied 64 married couples and split them into two groups. One was told to double the amount of sex they had every week for three months and the other just stuck to their regular sex routine.
At the end of the three month period, couples were asked to fill out a survey about their sex lives and happiness.
The result? Turns out sexual enjoyment is tied to happiness, but sexual frequency is not and couples who had more sex were also more tired. Makes sense.
It’s worth keeping in mind that these couples were pretty much told (presumably by a stranger) to have more sex. And so they did, regardless of their mood. Kind of makes the whole thing chore-like, right? We’re guessing all those variables sucked a bit of life out of the party.
Couples also struggled to double the amount of sex they had, hitting only about 40 percent more than usual. Researchers suspect that not being able to meet their target could have made the sex less fun.
The most interesting thing in all of this is that it shows sex is about quality, not quantity. And sexual enjoyment had a huge impact on overall happiness. So basically, don’t worry about upping your numbers, just make sure when you are banging your partner, you’re making it count.