Why do you have sex?
Because it’s cool? Because it feels good? Because it relieves your headaches?
These are all perfectly good reasons to have sex, but frankly you never really need a reason to have sex. I mean it’s fine if you do, but if you don’t have a reason for having sex, well then, that’s OK too.
Even though like 90% of the world is on board with having sex (no offense to a-sexuals/celibate people), science is always coming up with new reasons for us to have sex.
Science, c’mon. You’re preaching to the choir. We love sex and we’re trying to do it as often as possible.
Anyways, the latest reason for us to have sex is because it could benefit our intelligence. That’s right, having sex can make you smarter.
A team of scientists from the University of Pavia in Italy took blood samples from three different groups (single, recently fallen in love, and long-term relationship) and measured the nerve growth (which is crucial to a human’s well-being and mental alertness).
The study concluded that levels of nerve health were, “significantly higher in subjects in love than in either the subjects with long-lasting relationships or the subjects with no relationships.” Why?
Because the people who had just fallen in love were having more sex than those in long-term relationships or single people.
The research from the Italian team is only further corroborated by research recently done at Princeton University. The team at Princeton found that sexually active rats (yuck) experienced more nerve cell growth and also had less stress hormones in their system compared to sexually inactive rats.
The more sex you have, the more cells you can grow specifically in the hippocampus part of the brain (the memory and learning part). The hippocampus has been known to shrink under stress and it seems that sex can counteract that.
Of course, sex is no replacement for conventional education. But still, it’s nice to know that you’re not just dicking around when you’re having sex, you’re improving your brain’s health (which by association makes you smarter).