Healthy employees have more sex – new study

Published: 21 April 2015 at 14:02

Research examines relationship between health, sexual activity and earnings.

Employees who are healthy – physically and mentally – have more sex, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Manpower.

The effect of sexual activity on wages, by Dr Nick Drydakis of Anglia Ruskin University, found that disabled employees are 13.0% less sexually active than those without disabilities, while those with heart problems, such as coronary heart disease and angina, are 11.4% less sexually active.

Other findings include:

  • Employees taking daily medication are 5.4% less sexually active
  • Employees with diabetes are 2.4% less sexually active
  • Employees with arthritis or rheumatism are 3.9% less sexually active
  • Employees with cancer are 5.4% less sexually active
  • Employees with psychiatric/psychological symptoms are 3.7% less sexually active

The study also discovered that health-impaired employees who are sexually active earn 1.5% more money than people with similar symptoms who are not sexually active. 

Overall, the study found that people who have sex two or three times a week, regardless of their physical or mental health, earn 4.5% higher wages than people who have sex less often.

Dr Drydakis, Reader in Economics at Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“It is important to gain knowledge of the factors that can positively or negatively affect your sexual activity, and health is one of the biggest factors of all."

“Maslow’s Need Hierarchy Theory claims that the happier and more fulfilled individuals are in their lives, the more productive and successful they will be in their work, translating to higher wages."

“The theory concludes that people need to love and be loved, sexually and non-sexually, by others.  In the absence of these elements, people may become susceptible to loneliness, social anxiety and depression – all factors that can affect their working life."

“Few studies have been conducted on the association between health status and sexual activity using thousands of observations from random samples.  Even fewer studies have been published on the association between specific health impairments and sexuality.” 

The research, which uses data from 7,500 respondents to a Greek Behavioural Study, will be published in the next edition (Volume 36 Issue 2) of the International Journal of Manpower.