Friday, May 8, 2009

The economics of fake orgasms

While we all strive to achieve the triple orgasm, there's no denying that the art of faking it is prevalent in the US and elsewhere. But why do we do this? Is it just simple human courtesy?

Leave it to an economist to write a paper on the "Economics of Ecstacy"

In a study in 2008 titled 'The Economics of Ecstasy', Hugo M. Mialon, who teaches economics at Emory University, modelled love-making as a "signalling game" and postulated that "in the act of love-making, a man and a women send each other possibly deceptive signals about their true state of ecstasy". Mialon's study established, among other things, that women are more likely to fake if they are in love than if they are not in love; that men and women who would hate to find out that their partners are faking orgasms are less likely to fake orgasms themselves; and, surprisingly, that more educated men and women are more likely to fake than less educated men and women.

If you think that's bizarre, consider this: In another study conducted by two Newcastle University scholars, it was found that the level of income of a partner directly correlated with the number of orgasms. The richer your sexual partner, the more orgasms you have.

No comments: