Sex makes us happy (do I need to cite my source for that?), but how about 1970s style love-the-one-youre-with sex? You know the kind of sex that is preceded by fishing around in a bowl at a party for a set of car keys? Research suggests that promiscuity is not associated with increased happiness and, in fact, that the number of sexual partners needed to maximize happiness is exactly one.*
First, you should know that everyone else is having less sex than you think. The median adult American has sex (with another person) 2 to 3 times a month. Even younger people, under forty, only have sex once a week, on average. Only 7% have sex more than 4 times a month and 18% have none at all. Students have less sex than others of the same age (except my students, who have assured me that is impossible) and married people have more.
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