Shocker: New Study Finds That People Enjoy Sex and Drinking Alcohol

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Will wonders never cease? Humans prefer having sex and getting drunk to doing housework and commuting to work, a new study finds.

Researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand conducted the study using text messaging to collect data on what people did during their average day and how they felt about each activity. “I texted people three times a day over a week and the response rate was really high. People are never far from their cell phones these days,” explained Carsten Grimm, a postgraduate psychology researcher leading the project. “People replied to on average 97% of all text messages, and texts were sent at random times, so there is a really rich sample of everyday life to look at.”

“Having sex is (no surprise) highest on all measures of happiness,” said Grimm.  “Going to lectures, or studying, is low on pleasure and happiness, but ranks relatively high on meaning (seventh out of 30 behavior categories).”

Grimm had survey participants rank 30 activities on three criteria: whether it brought them pleasure, how engaged they were with the activity and whether it brought them overall happiness. Unsurprisingly, having sex took first place in all categories.

Among other results, partying and drinking alcohol placed second overall, followed by religious activities and playing with children. Paid work placed 24th overall, just ahead of going to class but well behind washing-cleaning-grooming at 21st.

According to the University of Canterbury, the field of happiness research is booming, as governments and institutions have become more interested in how to track and measure happiness.

“So far, governments around the world and media have focused mainly on life satisfaction in the discussion about well-being,” Grimm continued. “It turns out happiness is a far more complicated topic.”

The most shocking conclusion from Grimm’s study: doing housework brought people more pleasure than going on Facebook.

30 comments
JF1
JF1

...is... is this like... some... early april fools..? I would expect this out of the onion.

Lincoln1860
Lincoln1860

BREAKING NEWS:  Study concludes, breathing is good for your health. 

CharlesOstman
CharlesOstman

So um . . . gee, imagine that.  What IS interesting about this is someone actually grant money for such a study, publishing and so on.   

What's next?   A study reveals that the sky really is colored blue?   

passionpersian
passionpersian

The only thing that made this article worth time and space was the last sentence. Other than that, why is this even worth putting on TIME?

TimeKeepsTicking
TimeKeepsTicking

Guys calm down! This is just a survey that was taken with a few people and doesn't reflect at all what the real world thinks, although I don't dispute at all the sex and alcohol thing, as they are great stress relieves when you are tense..

infonomx
infonomx

The whole of humanity could be expressed thusly: oo, ah, oo, ah, OMG, OMG, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. A smoke?

LouAZ
LouAZ

Twas a woman who drove me to drink. I never had the decency to write and thank her ~ WC Fields

TsGirl_elenita
TsGirl_elenita

sex is the most difficult animal desire to overcome, it is the wall between evolution and humanity!

bhamdoc1
bhamdoc1

who is the idiot who wrote this?

rayflana
rayflana

This just in:   Ice is COLD!

dccjrm1989
dccjrm1989

Who the hell wrote this? Anne Romney?

bchcol123
bchcol123

"Shocking"? the author of this article is unsure as to why cleaning is more pleasurable than going on facebook.... cleaning has real life measurable accomplishment... what does facebook offer? real fake life friends and opinions scattered across the web that in the end don't really matter... a clean house will make more of an impression on a person and matter more than that of a "clean" facebook profile... the fact that doing something in real life over something on the web is more important should never be a "shocking" thing.... C'Mon people we are alive (tangible and living) and this is just an outlet for people to communicate and express things but in the end what really matters is family and friends in your life not on your phone or web page! get in-touch with reality and take a step back... I don't typically post on things but this has struck me in a way that makes me miss being able to sit down and not have a single person at a table looking at their phone for updates or to look up an answer to questions that otherwise could be answered with a little brain power....... 

Daniel_Xavier_Knight
Daniel_Xavier_Knight

I'm shocked, people prefer pleasure to pain. Thanks for the info again liberals. I wonder if the person who wrote this and did the "study" was a an atheist, second guess, a Catholic.

JamesAvila
JamesAvila

Hey,

now there should be a study to find out why people like to breath.

Chupa
Chupa

...and the Chinese enjoy it more than anyone...Indians a close second.

Chicago7
Chicago7

Someone paid for this study I suppose.  We need another study to determine how close to their belt size someone's IQ would have to be to finance this.  I wonder how much they paid the study subjects...

HarryFaulkner
HarryFaulkner

Didn't mention music...most people like that along with sex and alcohol..

ExNuke
ExNuke

" According to the University of Canterbury the field of happiness research is booming, as governments and institutions have become more interested in how to track and measure happiness."

Of course they are, how can they charge for it or tax it if they can't measure it?

crazybare
crazybare

Really?  Who gives out these grants and HOW DO I GET ONE?

Fla4Me
Fla4Me

In an effort to do my part for the good of all humanity, I'd like to volunteer for the next study like this (assuming the sex and alcohol is provided).

anumccartney
anumccartney

I'm sure I'm not the first one thinking 'No shit, Sherlock'?

algia10
algia10

"WHO" was ever in doubt of this is the question that should have been "studied"! hahahahahahahah

futurenova1
futurenova1

Really? They had to do a study on it?

Peace_2_All
Peace_2_All

@Daniel_Xavier_Knight -

You Said:  "Thanks for the info again 'liberals' "  and... " I wonder if the person who wrote this and did the 'study' was an *atheist* "

  LOL !  Well, it could be "liberals" that did the study... however, I don't think, in general, liberals are the ones that are so uptight about the sex thing, right ?

Seems to me that it would be the "conservatives" that are just coming out of their puritan biblical world-view into the 21st century finding out that sex is o.k. and... not just for pro-creation.  You know trying to control everyone's sex life.

And if it was an "atheist" that did the study, it's just to help the bible-thumping conservatives to"prove" that sex is O.K.  You can do it and it is pleasurable, whether you believe in the Devil/talking serpent, etc... LOL ! 

Regards Daniel...

Peace...

Daniel_Xavier_Knight
Daniel_Xavier_Knight

Time, some advice: allow people to edit their comments, and use Disquz so they can track them conveniently and get likes or dislikes.