Just a few months ago, we were debating about how long sex should last. Now, the focus is on frequency.
According to Forbes, a new study published in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science—that was one of the largest to explore the correlation between sex and happiness—suggests that one is the magical number when it comes to how often happily married couples are getting busy in a 7-day span.
Researchers poured over responses submitted by 11,000 men and 14,000 men who participated in the General Social Survey between 1989 and 2012. What they found was that most established couples are doing the horizontal mambo once a week, and they’re satisfied. Additionally results suggest that adding a night or two of sex didn’t boost happiness. Interestingly, they found no link to gender, and this trend seems to apply to newlyweds as well as couples that have already passed the golden anniversary.
Since the study only focused on correlation, we should note that the results do no suggest that setting out to have sex once a week makes a couple happier. And apparently, not everyone is here for these findings. Famed sex expert Dr. Ruth Westheimer slammed the “silly study” on Twitter because “all couples are different.”
Instead of allowing this survey to rule your sex life, she recommends that couples be vocal with one another about their sexual expectations.
“Couples should talk about how often they want to have sex & then try to meet whatever goal they agree on,” she tweeted. “Communication is key.”