If you have sex a lot, you're probably richer than people who don't have sex as frequently. At least, according to the study that was recently published by the Institute for the Study of Labor, a German economic research association.
The study, which examined 7,500 people aged 26 to 50 living in Greece, found that those who self-reported having sex four or more times a week made about 5 percent more money than those who had sex less often. People who said they weren't having any sex at all made about 3.2 percent less money than those who were sexually active. Interestingly (progressively, I hope!), the study included both heterosexual and LGBT people, although only 5.5 percent of respondents self-identified as LGBT.
So, why should your sex life affect your income, and vice versa? Past studies have linked high levels of sexual activity to extroverted traits, as well as good health, says the study's author, Nick Drydakis. He thinks sex plays an important role in happiness as well, which can also affect your earning power:
"People need to love and be loved (sexually and non-sexually) 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 also speculated about other reasons for the correlation, including the idea that people that make more money buy more gifts for their significant others and are more often thanked with sex, as well the fact that people who are employed have more money to date.
Do the high-rollers in your life seem to spend more time between the sheets? I don't know if it's necessarily true for the people in my circle — I know a few dirt poor grad students with an interest in the erotic who'd take personal offense to this information — but it's definitely not a stretch to see the connection between income and sexual activity.