More sex doesn't equal more satisfaction

28 April 2016

young couple in bed

28 April 2016

Couples who have lots of sex don’t report being any more satisfied with their relationship than those who have sex less often, US psychologists report.

However, their study of 216 newlywed couples shows sexual frequency does influence people’s unspoken gut-level feelings about their partners.

The more often couples have sex, the more strongly they associate their partners with positive attributes.

This is important because it demonstrates that these automatic attitudes ultimately predict whether couples end up becoming dissatisfied with their relationship, says psychological scientist Dr Lindsey Hicks from Florida State University.

"Our findings suggest that we're capturing different types of evaluations when we measure explicit and automatic evaluations of a partner or relationship," says Dr Hicks. "Deep down, some people feel unhappy with their partner but they don't readily admit it to us, or perhaps even themselves."

Overall, he says the findings drive home the point that asking someone about their feelings or attitudes isn't the only way to measure how they feel.

Last Reviewed: 28 April 2016
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