Here’s How Often Science Says Couples Should Be Having Sex

If you think what makes the happiest couples happy is more sex, you’re wrong. According to a new study, it turns out that many satisfied couples spend most nights watching Netflix in bed instead.

Researchers at the University of Toronto collected data from surveys of 30,000 Americans over the past 40 years to see if happy couples have more or less sex than unhappy ones. Their results, which were published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, revealed there’s a magic number for all happy couples, and that’s having sex once a week.

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According to their findings, more sex meant more happiness, but there was a limit to the connection, and that was the once-a-week mark. This was the case regardless of age, gender, or length of a relationship.

However, it’s important to note that this was only for people in relationships. For single people looking to find their lucky number, researchers did not find a link between frequency of sex and general happiness.

The reasons for why satisfaction drops after once-a-week sex remains unclear. But the study authors write that couples might feel satisfied if they’re having the amount of sex they think is “average” for couples like them. So, if you’re in a relationship and you’re having sexy just once a week, you should probably feel really good about yourselves

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