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Study: Sexual Contentment Relative To Sex Lives Of Peers

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, sexual health has been defined by the World Health Organization as “a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality.”

The CDC website adds, “Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.”

Sociologist Tim Wadsworth, who is also an associate professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, discovered another component that factors into a person’s satisfaction with their sex life – the sex lives of others.

“There’s an overall increase in sense of well-being that comes with engaging in sex more frequently, but there’s also this relative aspect to it,” he was quoted as saying by io9 in a statement. “Having more sex makes us happy, but thinking that we are having more sex than other people makes us even happier.”

Wadsworth used responses to a General Social Survey that is said to represent national sentiment on various subjects. The questions in this survey asked participants about the frequency at which they have sex, as well as other questions about their sex lives.

Overall, people who frequently engaged in sex reported higher levels of happiness than those who did not. In addition to actual frequency, though, Wadsworth discovered that the perceived sexual habits of those in the lives of a number of participants affected their personal happiness with their own sex lives.

His analysis of the survey’s results allegedly indicated, for example, that those who had sex three times per month rated their happiness 14 percent higher if they believed their friends or peers were having sex at a less frequent rate.

Wadsworth said that he “can’t think of a better explanation for why how much sex other people are having would influence a person’s happiness,” though he did note that there may be other explanations for the results he observed.

The study was published in Social Indicators Research, io9 learned, under the title “Sex and the Pursuit of Happiness: How Other People’s Sex Lives are Related to our Sense of Well-Being.”

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