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Equation: Nothing makes adults as happy as sex

  1. Jun 16, 2004 #1
    For love and money

    June 16, 2004 - 9:49AM

    Quotes from: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/16/1087244950274.html?oneclick=true

    For the first time, researchers have conducted a study that measures the value of sex in dollars and cents.

    According to the findings, couples who engage in sex at least four times a month bring themselves a measure of happiness equal to $71,500 a year compared with couples who have sex only once a month.

    The measure was derived through a complicated calculation that converted so-called units of happiness into dollars.

    The result supported a central finding of the research: Nothing makes adults - regardless of gender or age - as happy as sex.

    The two authors - David Blanchflower of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Andrew Oswald of Warwick University in Britain - used statistical analysis to evaluate data from a group of 16,000 adult Americans surveyed from 1988 to 2002.

    Their paper, titled "Money, Sex and Happiness", was published last month by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

    The researchers admitted that the bureau, known for determining recessions and US business cycles, is an unusual place for the study of sex, but they are engaged in an emerging branch of economics aimed at determining what makes people happy.
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  3. Jun 23, 2004 #2
    Well, I hope this information will find its way into the tax codes so I’ll be able to claim a nice big deduction, lol. :biggrin:
  4. Jun 23, 2004 #3


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    I remember that catchy song from the early 1960s, Happiness Is, and the lyrics gave a list of what makes people happy. The above-mentioned item was not on the list.
  5. Jun 23, 2004 #4


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    I think I need a pay raise! :wink:
  6. Jun 23, 2004 #5
    As a reaction to the "worth" of a husband, I remember the calculation for the value of a wife, which included her sexual services in terms of the wages of a prostitute (street walker or call girl)?
  7. Jun 24, 2004 #6

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    This reminds me of a problem that Tsu and I had... :redface:

    Okay, get your minds out of the gutter

    On this business of the dollar value of happiness: Tsu and I allowed a friend to board her horse at our place. We had the room and the friend was in a real bind, so for quite some time we had a $20,000 Arabian pet. One day I stopped by to see a lawyer about the potential for liability. I was concerned about the horse getting out and causing an accident on the road. It turned out that not only was our liability right through the roof, we could also be hit for taxes on the horse.

    I was told that in these situations the tax lords might declare that we derive pleasure from the presence of this horse. I swear to you, according to this attorney who specializes in issues of personal property liability, pleasure, it turns out, is taxable.

    Edit: The attorney knew that we were letting for free. We received no income from this.
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  8. Jun 24, 2004 #7
    No taxation without Bestialization !
    (yeah, that’s the chant)
  9. Jun 26, 2004 #8

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    It seems to me that we have everything in place to start taxing sex :biggrin:

    Its about time that all of you horn-dogs start paying!

    BTW, has anyone noticed the commercial for a male, Viagra-like drug that warns that in event of "an erection lasting for more than four hours one should seek medical attention immediately". The first time this aired I imagined that hospitals nationwide were filled with teenage males who didn't quite understand the warning. "Ummm, I've had an erection for three days and I saw this commercial...". :biggrin:
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  10. Jun 26, 2004 #9
    If that Viagra problem happens to you ask for a nurse, not a doctor! :rolleyes:

    [edit: Hmmm, that's not really guaranteeing much, is it? Oh well, good luck to you anyway!]
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  11. Jun 26, 2004 #10

    Ivan Seeking

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    Me thinks your comment dates you a bit. :biggrin:
  12. Jun 26, 2004 #11
    Hehe.... pigeonholed again! :biggrin:
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