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More Money Means Better SEX

June 18th, 2007 by rosie · 1 Comment


We all have heard that money can’t buy happiness. But apparently it can buy a better sex life- which many would equate to happiness, right?

A recent survey, “Money as an Aphrodisiac — Being Rich Means Getting Lucky on Your Own Terms,” found that money is an enabler in a number of ways to enhance sexual experiences. “The majority of men and women credit their private wealth with achieving a better sex life.” A majority also said wealth gave them “more adventurous and exotic” sex lives (sorry, no details). Grove and Prince surveyed people with an average net worth of $89 million, and who make more than $9 million per year.

I think everyone already knew that rich men get “lucky” with beautiful women; we all can muster up a long list of rich men that date/marry beautiful young women. That’s not news. The real surprise is that wealthy women are gettin’ their freak on. In the survey, three-quarters of men cited more frequent sex and a greater variety of partners as the primary benefits of having wealth, revealing a fascination with quantity. “In short, men equate more with better,” Grove and Prince write. By contrast, women placed significantly less value on the volume of sexual interactions and partners they had than the overall excellence of the experience: Nearly 93% of women cited higher-quality sex as the greatest sexual benefit of personal wealth — and the biggest benefit overall to being rich.

“It is difficult to identify the benchmark for adventurous and exotic sex — since what might entice one person could leave another indifferent,” Grove and Prince noted. “But the much higher response rate from wealthy women once again underscores the liberating byproducts of money as it relates to sexual exploration.” For example, 72% of wealthy women say they have now joined the “mile-high club,” which means they have had sex in an airplane. Meanwhile, 33% of men say they have had sex in flight. (Just a note here: the survey found that all of the participants owned private jets, either partially or outright. So that might explain those high percentages.)

The rich women in this survey are not “desperate housewives”- that is, bored trophy wives dependent on their husband’s wealth and messing around with the pool boy. The survey polled men and women who were the financial “principals,” meaning they were the primary decision makers in their households. Today’s rich women are powerful businesspeople for whom money brings a welcome sense of control and power. “Women find wealth to be extremely empowering,” says Ms. Grove. “They have let their confidence and sense of purpose in other areas feed their sex life. They are getting what they want.”

OK. So why did 63% of rich men say wealth gave them “better sex,” which they defined as having more-frequent sex with more partners; and why did 88% of women who say more money gave them better sex, which they defined as “higher quality” sex? Ian Kerner, a New York-based sex therapist, says the study sheds new light on the links between money and sex. One reason that wealth would equate to better sex, he says, is that money helps alleviate many of the daily stresses that can inhibit a couple’s sex life. “I see in my practice that financial stress can have huge impacts on the libido and can cause general dissatisfaction,” he says. “When you strip away those elements of financial hardship and stress, that can make for better sex. This shows that sex and money are very intertwined.” The wealthy also tend to travel more, leading to more-exotic and adventurous sex lives, Mr. Kerner says. “There is just more stimuli and luxury in their lives, so that would increase libido.”

I am not sure that we really needed a survey to tell us that many rich people have “lead more adventurous and exotic sex lives” -whatever that means! Of course they have more opportunities to indulge themselves, so why not in the sex arena? But this could be yet another source of inspiration for those who are working towards financial success. After all, who doesn’t want better sex?

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    Comment by bismut
    2007-06-29 15:20:54

    I have to agree that more money means better sex. Without money, no one will come close to you, forget about sex. With money you can buy many things to sex up your sexual life. Definitely a king size water bed will help, isn’t it?

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