Happy wife, long life.
Yes, science has proven that adage true, and no surprise there. But what may be a surprise is that this long, happy life (with wife, husband or whatever partner you end up with) will continue to yield sex on the regular. And the longer you stick it out, the more regular it’s going to get (after it goes downhill for a while, but we’ll get to that part).
Ok, maybe it’s not such a surprise if you’ve been paying attention. We mean, if Florence Henderson says there’s no age limit to sex then who are we to doubt? But, for the science minded among us there’s now proof.
In a study from Louisiana State University, Florida State University and Baylor University entitled “Marital Characteristics and the Sexual Relationships of U.S. Older Adults: An Analysis of National Social Life, Health and Aging Project Data” (long title, longer study, but don’t worry, we’ll give you the relevant details) researchers found that couples who stay married more than 50 years actually see an increase in frequency of sexual activity.
Not to give anyone false hope here; the study does indicate that sexy times decrease significantly after that newlywed phase, and after that, and after that (surprise!). But here’s the good part: If you stick it out, then stick it out some more, you’re going to see an increase. A modest one yes, but an increase nonetheless.
“Researchers analyzed the relationship between marital characteristics and sexual outcomes among 1,656 married adults ages 57-85, using data from the first wave of the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project. They noted that people who survive until their 50th year of marriage — among whom the slight rebound occurred — are relatively few in number.” – Baylor University
So there you go. For those lucky few of us who survive past 50 years of marriage, there’s something to look forward to. Of course, we didn’t actually need a study to tell us that. We already knew the olds got it goin’ on.