Communicator (communicator) wrote,

enters strongly positively in happiness equations

Some interesting survey findings reported at marginal revolution. I think my reponse varies between 'duh, obvious' and 'blimey can that be true?' (see my added remarks below)

'This paper studies the links between income, sexual behavior and reported happiness. It uses recent data on a random sample of 16,000 adult Americans. The paper finds that:

sexual activity enters strongly positively in happiness equations (duh)
greater income does not buy more sex, nor more sexual partners (blimey)
the typical American has sexual intercourse 2-3 times a month (blimey)
married people have more sex than those who are single, divorced, widowed or separated (duh - though one anticipates wide variation around those averages)
sexual activity appears to have greater effects on the happiness of highly educated people than those with low levels of education (so hooray for us)
the happiness-maximizing number of sexual partners in the previous year is calculated to be 1 (refrain from remark)
highly educated females tend to have fewer sexual partners (once again, refrain from remark)
homosexuality has no statistically significant effect on happiness (as one would anticipate)

'Our conclusions are based on pooled cross-section equations in which it is not possible to correct for the endogeneity of sexual activity. The statistical results should be treated cautiously.'</i>
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