A new study of 278 heterosexual newlywed couples had them keep sex diaries for two weeks, then take a personality test of their “Big Five” personality traits—which are conscientiousness, agreeableness, openness to experience, neuroticism, and extraversion. The purpose was to find out why some couples had more sex than others. All were in the newlywed phase of their marriages, reports the Journal of Research in Personality.
Florida State University psychologists Andrea L. Meltzer and James K. McNulty found that the higher a wife rated on openness to experience or agreeableness, the more often the couple had did the deed. Well, obviously. They also determined the husband's agreeableness didn’t factor in—in other words, a guy is more likely to want to have sex any time rather than be “in the mood.”
For both men and women higher scores of neuroticism in personality corresponded with lower levels of satisfaction. If you’re neurotic and a complainer outside the bedroom, you’ll likely be one in bed. Everyone loves one of those.
Summing it up, the study states: “We pooled the data from three independent daily-diary studies of newlywed couples to examine the association between individuals’ Big Five traits and the probability of sex on a given day; we also pooled the data from the two studies that assessed satisfaction with sex to examine the association between these traits and individuals’ satisfaction with sex when it occurred. Couples with wives high in agreeableness engaged in more frequent sex. Husbands low in openness or neuroticism and wives low in neuroticism reported increased satisfaction with sex when it occurred.”
We all have wondered how much sex a certain couple is having, so next time, look at their personalities. If the couple is cool and fun to be around, they’re probably getting busy on the reg.
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