Income and Sex

August 4th, 2011 at 8:07 am by David Farrar

Rachel Browne at Stuff writes:

A survey by Relationships Australia has revealed that people’s lives improve along with their – and that the magic number for satisfaction starts at about A$80,000.

Only 44 per cent of people with a household income under A$60,000 a year are sexually active, compared with 81 per cent of people with a household income of more than A$80,000 a year.

Maybe this is why Labour is determined to tax higher earners more? :-)

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17 Responses to “Income and Sex”

  1. Rodders (1,755 comments) says:

    Australian men are also famous for the subtlety of their verbal foreplay e.g. “Brace yourself, Sheila !”

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  2. Elaycee (4,409 comments) says:

    “Only 44 per cent of people with a household income under A$60,000 a year are sexually active, ”

    Aha – that explains why Labour supporters usually look as if they’re sucking an onion. :)

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  3. PaulL (6,048 comments) says:

    Hmmm. Maybe those who have lower incomes are overwhelmingly:
    – the young (students) who aren’t in a stable relationship (i.e. a good proportion of them are single and sexless at any point in time)
    – the old, who I arbitrarily declare to have less sex
    – single parent families, who I declare to be too busy looking after kids to go out looking for sex

    In other words, correlation is not causation!! As always.

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  4. Brian Smaller (4,026 comments) says:

    Well the solo Mum struggling on her benefit who lives across the road in Upper Hutt has obviously had sex eight times.

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  5. Longknives (4,874 comments) says:

    PaulL- I don’t know which University you went to, but when I was at Otago most students were bonking their brains out….even the Mingers!

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  6. insider (1,028 comments) says:

    Doesn’t it mean that once over $80k you can finally afford to keep a mistress?

    Course a lot of the people that are inactive are probably pensioners and well, I just don’t want to think about what they might be getting up to…

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  7. trout (944 comments) says:

    Wealth is an aphrodisiac.

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  8. RightNow (6,995 comments) says:

    “Only 44 per cent of people with a household income under A$60,000 a year are sexually active”

    That’s only true if you define ‘sexually active’ as requiring more than one participant.

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  9. GPT1 (2,123 comments) says:

    As far as I can tell the no income (save for state support) are constantly at with no protection…

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  10. Jimbob (641 comments) says:

    So these Aussies have cameras in all the bedrooms around Australia and are counting all the bonking. Well good on them, seems very important research as it tells us, what. Nothing. Just more gullible people believing everything they read.

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  11. mikenmild (11,719 comments) says:

    Jimbob

    People on higher incomes might be more likely to lie about sex. Or people who think they have more sex might also claim to have higher incomes. Or people of lower incomes might be confused about the question. Or people who have lots of sex are to busy to estimate their incomes correctly. Or, this survey might be a really valuable piece of social science research.

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  12. Short Shriveled and Slightly to the Left (786 comments) says:

    This is a very dumb survey.
    Its household income so obviously households with two adults in them are likely to be in the over A$80,000 a year category. Therefore this survey simply says “Households with 2 adults in them are more likely to be sexual active”. Super stuff!
    Apologies to anyone above who may have already pointed this out, didnt have time to read the comments.

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  13. SPC (5,775 comments) says:

    It counts those on the pension amongst those under $60,000 (and as noted also those living alone), it should really sample better – categorising people carefully before then comparing income levels.

    This should be under “poor poll sampling”.

    I am however surprised that people working to earn the money and enjoying their free time would be wasting it answering this poll survey.

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  14. iMP (2,422 comments) says:

    On sex and income, is the 666 (000) alleged fraudster Jonathan Richard Kirkpatrick, ex dean of the Dunedin cathedral and poster pin-up boy for long-lasting stable gay relationships (with his partner then Lab. Mp Timmy Barnett) – who together graced pulp magazines up and down this country as glowing examples of the same – still in a, well, stable long-lasting gay relationship?

    And at 666,000, was the nookie good? Or, like Helen Clark, is his ex-Lab. MP ‘permanent stable long-lasting partner’ in a separate country? Liberal modernity, it’s so confusing.

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  15. Steve (4,589 comments) says:

    Brian Smaller @ 8.53
    ‘Well the solo Mum struggling on her benefit who lives across the road in Upper Hutt has obviously had sex eight times.’

    No twins either. All the kids have the same name (Hey you) She calls them individually by their surnames

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  16. Viking2 (11,565 comments) says:

    Paula Bennett today. Talking about the unemployment rate. “more people over the age of 65 have jobs than before’,

    apparently this is because National have doen some wonderous thing.

    Not so Paula, Lots more of us have had birthdays that make us 65 and now we are having to supplement our miserly pension if we want to continue to have a sex life.

    The magic number for satisfaction starts at about A$80,000.
    Could you please arrange an urgent upgrade to our pension so we can once again enjoy our sex lives.

    Thanking you in anticipation.
    Coalition for Super Sex for Grannies.

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  17. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    Jeezes V2 don’t forget that due to the patent running out old farts like us can get a hard on for only one third of what it cost last month. Show your bloody gratitude man. Use a half instead of a quarter of a tablet and let the good times roll! :)

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