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New Study Says Nice People Have More Sex

New Study Says Nice People Have More Sex: BraunS / Getty

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Hey, remember “negging,” that suave pickup technique from 2005 that recommends coyly insulting a woman to lower her self-confidence, so she’ll be more attracted to you? New research suggests you’ll have more luck finding a sexual partner if you skip the douchebag act and do a good deed instead.

Two scientists, Dr. Steven Arnocky from Nipissing University, and Dr. Pat Barclay from the University of Guelph, surveyed undergraduate students to compare their levels of altruism to their sexual histories. The theory is altruistic behavior makes you a more valuable partner because it shows that you actually care about people other than yourself. What a novel idea. In the altruism questionnaire, they asked things like, “Have you ever donated blood?” They found that people who scored higher on altruism also reported being more desirable to the opposite sex and had more sex partners.

Of course, one limitation of a self-reporting survey is the students involved may have over-reported their altruism or exaggerated their sexual history. To address the issue, they conducted a second study that used a subtler way to measure the students’ altruism. After completing a personality-related survey, each student was entered into a drawing for $100 and asked if they planned to keep their winnings or donate them to charity. The generous students reported having more lifetime sex partners, more casual sex partners and more sex partners over the past year.

That same study found no correlation between being a jerk and having more sex. So who’s in the mood to give blood?

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