Apparently the saying "too much of everything is bad" is also applicable to sex, regardless of how exciting it could be.
A study has shown that having too much of it could make people miserable.
The researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in the United States found that the connection between sex and happiness is not as direct as it seems.
The study says too much sex could lead to a reduced sexual drive and pleasure derivable from it and that any attempt to continue with it could make such person(s) miserable.
In the course of the study, reviewed by Mail Online, 128 married persons between the age of 35 and 65 were divided into two groups. The first group was instructed to have more sex and double the number of times they have sexual intercourse weekly, while the second group received no instruction on how much sex they should have. Thus, they were allowed to initiate it on their own.
While the observation lasted, the participants in the two groups were also questioned on their happiness levels, the frequency of their intercourse, their health behaviours and how much they enjoyed sex.
At the end of the study, it was found that those who were told to double their sexual activity reported lower sexual drive and a reduction in their sexual enjoyment while those who were allowed to have it at their own will sustained their sexual drive and they enjoyed it better.
The researchers explained that having more sex could lead to a decreased sexual drive and happiness, noting that sex is more of quality than quantity. In other words, those who were under instruction kept doing it until they got tired of it and even lost the pleasure or enjoyment that comes with sex.
“We found that having more sex does not make couples happier, in part because increased frequency leads to a decline in the desire for and enjoyment of sex. Being happy in the first place, for example, might lead someone to have more sex, or being healthy might result in being both happier and having more sex,” the researchers added.
The study’s lead author, George Loewenstein, noted that there could be a difference if the participants were encouraged to initiate more sex on their own rather than instructing them to do it. She however pointed out that most couples seem not to be having enough sex, but advised that doing it in a more creative way would certainly be beneficial.
Meanwhile, a research scientist, Tamar Krishnamurti, who also participated in the study, stated that the more people have sex, the lesser their desire to have more and the lesser the enjoyment they derive.