A new study suggests that a woman’s personality traits have a direct impact on the amount of sex her and her heterosexual partner will have. Happy wife, happy (sex) life….well, almost.
Researchers from Florida State University had 278 newlywed, hetero couples keep diaries that included details on how frequently they had sex and how satisfying it was, as well as take a personality test called the Big 5, which is widely regarded as the most accurate personality test out there.
The Big 5 test looks at five different personality traits: openness to experience (like, if you’d book travel on a whim), conscientiousness (arriving on time for appointments), agreeableness (are you sympathetic and caring?), neuroticism (how often you feel down in the dumps), and extraversion (are you the life of the party?).
So how did these personality traits affect sex? According to the study, women who scored high in the agreeableness and openness to experience categories were “open” or “agreeable” to having sex more often than women who scored lower.
Traditional thinking would have you believe that men want sex all the time–more than women, anyway–and therefore women end up being the ones who decide when sex happens. They’re the gatekeepers, so to speak. And it turns out, in this case at least, traditional thinking is correct.
Those female gatekeepers who possess these traits tend to ‘open the gate’ more often. Men’s personality traits, on the other hand, played no role in how often couples had sex. Agreeable guys like to keep the gate unlocked pretty much the same amount as their disagreeable peers do.
In other words, there’s a type of woman who enjoys having more frequent sex, while men all seemed to share a similar drive to do it.
We’re not entirely sure what implications this research will have on our sex lives, but we’re definitely going to take the Big 5 test right now to find out.