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  • midlifelove 11:22 am on August 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: recession, stimulate sex drive, stress relief   

    Sex Relieves Recession Blues 

    hornyIf you’re looking for the upside of the economic downturn, here it is: Women are horny as hell. That’s according to a recent article in Maxim magazine “Riding Out the Recession”:

    In tough times, people seek out releases more than ever—and what are better stress relievers than sex and laughter – as in good sex and bad jokes? Especially when they’re (usually) free.

    As Maxim notes: You’d think that living in perpetual dread of being laid off would make our libidos shrink like our 401(k)s.

    Paradoxically, though, this acute anxiety may have the opposite effect. “Fear elevates dopamine levels,” says biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, Ph.D. “For some people, going through a traumatic experience can actually stimulate their sex drives.”

    Casual Encounters Boom

    Circumstantial evidence backs up that claim: Condom sales ballooned by five percent at the end of last year.

    There’s even been a spike in online sex ads. Sex toy shops as far apart as Amsterdam, New York and China are anecdotally reporting a boom in sales

    Postings in Craigslist’s “casual encounters” leaped from 1.4 million in October 2007 to 3.1 million in October 2008. A typical one from a female poster: “Down in the dumps during this recession, layoffs at work, more stressful at my job, weather sucks…is there any cute, down-to-earth, d/d-free guy out there willing to let me forget about all this BS for a night?”

    Cheaper than the Gym

    Surely when people feel alone, they reach out for connection, seek out pleasure in the form of skin-on-skin contact?

    Surely when people need relief from their financial worries they reach for the natural medication created by body contact, which releases the feel-good chemical oxytocin?

    As stress relievers go, sex is a lot cheaper than meds, the gym, or a shrink—and may even be more effective. Stuart Brody, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of The West of Scotland, has found that people experience less tension and better moods for a full 24 hours after intercourse.

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  • midlifelove 2:06 am on February 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: chocolates, downturn, financial worries, flowers, , money, recession, , ,   

    Recession Hits Romance 

    Recession puts a dampner on romance, according to a survey which shows couples are sharing a whole lot less loving because of financial worries. A quarter of women and a fifth of the men surveyed by sexual lubricant company K-Y Brand reported the economic downturn was having a detrimental effect on their relationship.

    recession-heart1However, the good news for romantics was that most men wanted to make things right, with more than three-quarters of them saying, despite tougher times, they would not be cutting back on Valentine’s Day spending.

    The sexes put a different priority on physical intimacy in a relationship. More than a quarter of men said more intimacy was the “thing they wanted most” for Valentine’s Day, while women wanted chocolate and flowers more.

    More than a quarter of men (27 per cent) said the thing they want most for Valentine’s Day was more intimacy, followed by a card (25 per cent) and chocolates and flowers (20 per cent).

    For women, “greater intimacy” came in second to chocolates and flowers (26 per cent) and equal to a card (13 per cent).

    Relationship counselors report even before the world downturn, money worries were the biggest single factor in relationship problems.

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