More Sex Means More Money? Maybe Not

More Sex Means More Money? Maybe Not

We’ve all seen headlines before that say things like “More Sex Means More Money.” These headlines try to present the results of scientific studies in very simple and straightforward terms: if you do this, that will happen. However, what you’ll almost invariably find if you look past these claims is that they’re based on correlational data. This is a type of research in which scientists look to see how strongly two variables are statistically associated with one another.  While correlational studies have the potential to be very informative and useful, the unfortunate reality is that they can’t tell us anything about whether one variable (like sex) truly causes another (like making more money).

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Sex Question Friday: How Many Men Have Paid For Sex?

Sex Question Friday: How Many Men Have Paid For Sex?

Every Friday on the blog, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. This week’s question comes from a reader who wanted to know the following:
 

“How many men have paid for sex with a prostitute before? Is this becoming more or less common?”

Buying sex is a behavior that appears to have decreased among men in recent years. Just how much have things changed? As a starting point, consider this:

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How Many Men Today Are Paying For Sex?

How Many Men Today Are Paying For Sex?

Prostitution is sometimes referred to as “the world’s oldest profession” because the sale of sex can be traced back to almost all cultures and societies in recorded history. However, the results of several recent surveys have led some to wonder whether prostitution is becoming a thing of the past because fewer and fewer people are reporting experience buying and selling sex.

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Characteristics of Male Sex Workers (Infographic)

When it comes to prostitution, women are much more likely than men to enter the profession. As a result, most research in this area has tended to focus on female sex workers. So what do we know about men who sell sex for money? A new study published in the Journal of Sex Research provides a fascinating glimpse into the characteristics, motivations, and experiences of male escorts. The infographic below summarizes some of the most interesting findings.
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Does Playing Hard To Get Pay Off?

According to some of the most popular dating advice books, one of the keys to attracting a romantic partner is to take the somewhat counterintuitive step of pretending like you aren’t interested in the other person. But does this tactic really work? Can “playing hard to get” really help you score a date? According to a new set of studies published in the European Journal of Personality, it would appear so.
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Men Who Earn Less Money Than Their Wives Are More Likely To Use Viagra

Traditional gender roles dictate that men should be the primary breadwinners in heterosexual marriages. Throughout most of modern history, men have almost invariably brought home bigger paychecks than their wives; however, this has changed in recent years. In fact, more than one in five heterosexual married couples in the United States today features a wife who earns more than her husband.1 As a result, scientists have been wondering what, if any, psychological implications there might be for men who suddenly find themselves out-earned by their wives. A new study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin argues that there may be sexual costs for such men.2 However, before you go making too much of the findings, you’ll want to take a closer look at the data.
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