[FoRK] WSJ on wealth-sex correlation....

Rohit Khare <khare at alumni.caltech.edu> on Wed Jan 24 15:23:46 PST 2007

You have got to be kidding me that this is news -- but moreso, I  
suppose, that it was a surveyable question. What kind of high-net- 
worth individual is nuts enough to reply honestly to some PI  
pretexting as a survey firm? And if, instead, it was someone well- 
known to them, why tell the truth then? Anyway, methodological  
quibbles aside, here's the lurid bits...

> January 23, 2007, 9:50 am
> The Rich Libido
> Money, as the Beatles once said, can’t buy you love. But according  
> to a new survey, wealth can bring you better sex.
> A survey released today by Prince & Associates in collaboration  
> with wealth consultant Hannah Grove found that 70% of today’s  
> multimillionaires said being wealthy gave them “better sex.” (You  
> can request a free copy via email here.) A majority also said  
> wealth gave them “more adventurous and exotic” sex lives.
> The survey polled nearly 600 men and women with net worths of more  
> than $30 million and a mean net worth of $89 million. While not  
> scientific, the survey is large for such a wealthy group and offers  
> a rare glimpse of the sex lives of today’s rich. The survey polled  
> men and women who were the financial “principals,” meaning they  
> were the primary decision makers in their households.
> “What this tells us is that, on the whole, more money equals more  
> magic in bed,” says Prince & Associates founder Russ Prince.
> The survey’s most-surprising findings relate to the impact that  
> money has on the sex lives of women. More than 80% of both the men  
> and women surveyed were married, although the women’s wealth was  
> independent of their husbands’. Among the respondents, nearly three- 
> quarters of the women surveyed (about 150) said they’d had affairs,  
> compared to about 50% of the men. While the male numbers are in  
> keeping with findings for the broader American population, the  
> figure for women is almost twice as high as the national average,  
> according to sex researchers. (More than half of all the men and  
> women surveyed had been divorced at least once.)
> Fully 63% of rich men said wealth gave them “better sex,” which  
> they defined as having more-frequent sex with more partners. That  
> compares to 88% of women who said more money gave them better sex,  
> which they defined as “higher quality” sex.
> “This tells us that the women as a whole receive more sexual  
> benefits from wealth than men,” says Ms. Grove.
> The women in the survey were almost twice as likely than their male  
> counterparts to have “more adventurous and exotic” sex lives than  
> they did before they were wealthy. They were also more than twice  
> as likely than men to be members of the “mile high club,” meaning  
> they’ve had sex on an airplane. Fully 72% of the female respondents  
> said they were mile-high-club members, compared to 33% of the men.  
> (Both numbers are larger than the norms even for the wealthy for a  
> simple reason: All the survey respondents owned jets or shares in  
> jets.)
> 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.”
> As for the women, the researchers said the findings show that 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.”
> Mr. Kerner says the increased sexual activity by wealthy women  
> doesn’t reflect the “pool boy” syndrome commonly portrayed in the  
> media: bored young trophy wives having affairs with household help.  
> Today’s rich women are powerful businesspeople who feel secure in  
> having relationships outside their marriage — mostly with  
> professional colleagues.
> “We’re not talking about the woman who’s home with two kids and  
> who’s dependent on her husband,” Mr. Kerner says. “Those women are  
> more likely to worry about the consequences of having other  
> relationships.”
> He added that especially for women, sex is closely linked to self- 
> esteem. And since wealth usually brings greater self-esteem, it can  
> improve a woman’s sex life.
> “For the minute percentage of women who are that wealthy, this  
> wealth can be a big ego booster and allow them to feel very  
> comfortable and relaxed about sex,” he says. “They have a strong  
> sense of identity and they know they don’t have to be inhibited  
> about communicating their needs. It’s about the confidence and  
> power and opportunity that comes with having a lot of wealth.”

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