Turn off the tube, have more sex

A new study finds that televisions in the bedroom mean less sex for couples.

Published January 17, 2006 2:05PM (EST)

A short article (no link available) in today's New York Post cites an Italian study that found that couples who have television sets in their bedrooms have half as much sex as couples who don't.

"If there is no television in the bedroom, the frequency [of sex] doubles," says sexologist Serenella Salomoni, whose team of psychologists interviewed 523 Italian couples about how the tube affected their sex lives. The study found that Italians who don't have televisions in the bedroom have sex, on average, twice a week, or eight times a month. Those with a TV only have sex four times a month. For the over-50 crowd, the numbers are even more dismal: Those without TV sets have sex seven times a month, while those with them only have it 1.5 times a month.

Maybe the TV crowd should just change the channel. An unscientific poll conducted by Broadsheet found that hysterical laughter brought on by "The Colbert Report" is quite the aphrodisiac.

By Lori Leibovich

Lori Leibovich is a contributing editor at Salon and the former editor of the Life section.

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