People Who Have Sex Frequently Earn More Money, Study Finds
Is this the extra ingredient to success?
You already know some of the keys to career success -- a strong work ethic, solid skills, and a positive attitude usually rank high on the list. Now you can add one more: A rocking sex life.
That's what new research by the Institute for the Study of Labor (ISL) based out of Bonn, Germany, found. According to the study, workers having sex more than four times a week make nearly 5 percent more than those who don't have such an active personal life. The results were consistent for both gay and straight workers and were not affected by job type or education level.
The study's author, Nick Drydakis, an economist at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, found that sexually-active workers are likely to be more confident, emotionally stable and focused. They're also likely to be healthier -- with fewer "limitations such as diabetes, heart diseases and arthritis,"as Drydakis told the New York Daily News.
"People need to love and be loved-sexually and nonsexually- by others. In the absence of these elements, many people become susceptible to loneliness, social anxiety, and depression that could affect their working life," Drydakis told CBS News. "Sexual activity is a key aspect of personal health and social welfare that influences individuals across their life span."
The discussion paper appeared in the ISL's July issue. The research was based on a survey of 7,500 Greek citizens taken in 2008. The participants were asked their sexual orientation, age, how often they have sex, education, religion, what they do for a living and how much they make. The link between sex and salary was most pronounced for those between the ages of 26 and 50.
The report did not mention how it related, if at all, to Greece's ongoing economic crisis, but this is not the first time studies have examined such a correlation. As also reported, a 2009 Brazilian study showed a connection between higher wages and increased sexual activity.
As for workers not having any sex at all, they made 3.2 percent less than those having at least some.
As many commentators argue, the results don't necessarily mean there's a direct correlation between sex and salary. Writing for the Washington Post's Wonkblog, Lydia DePillis wrote the findings don't "mean that having more sex will automatically make you earn more." All the study confirms, she wrote, is that "high levels of sexual activity are likely an indicator of good health, which also tends to correlate with higher earnings."
Twitter users, for their part, had fun with the report. University of Texas, Austin, lecturer Brian Kelsey tweeted, "#wkdev strategy worth celebrating." Tweeter Adam Kuriewicz summed up his takeaway with the following couplet: "Get laid, Get paid."
But should any of this come as a surprise? Sex is the ultimate competitive marketplace with little fairness. And as AOL Jobs has reported, more attractive workers just tend to be better off as compared to their uglier colleagues, regardless of their levels of promiscuity. As studies have shown, they get hired sooner, are awarded with better promotions and according to Daniel Hamermesh, a professor of economics at the University of Texas, Austin, are paid three to four percent more than less attractive workers.
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Dan Fastenberg was most recently a reporter with TIME Magazine. Previously, he was a writer for the Thomson Reuters news service's Latin America desk. He was also a reporter and associate editor for the Buenos Aires Herald while living in South America.
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