HR Strange But True!
August 02, 2007

By now, you've probably heard about the University of Texas study that identified 237 reasons for mating. The story has been in the media quite a bit lately. But, did you know that promotions and pay raises are two of those 237 reasons? The next question is, where do they rank among those 237 reasons?

The University of Texas researchers conducted two studies: one to find out the reasons people mate and the other to see how common those reasons are.

The first study included 203 men and 241 women and asked participants to list "all the reasons you can think of why you, or someone you have known, has engaged in sexual intercourse in the past.'' Participants identified 237 reasons.

The second study included 503 men and 1046 women and asked participants to indicate how frequently each of the 237 reasons led them to have sex in the past.

The bad news is, "I wanted to get a raise," "I wanted to get a job", and "I wanted to get a promotion" were on the list of 237 reasons for mating. The good news is, those reasons were among the 15 most infrequent reasons. For women, those three reasons were all among the 6 most infrequent.

Still, the fact that at least some people were getting together for those reasons was enough for the researchers to make a note of it when they published the results.

"Another example of a potentially important, but infrequently cited, pair of reasons for having sex was 'I wanted to get a promotion' and 'I wanted to get a job,'" the researchers wrote. "Using sex to obtain jobs and promotions can be illegal and can create unfairness in the workplace by displacing more qualified candidates who are unwilling to exchange sex for positional advantage."

One aspect of the second study to take into consideration: It was conducted among undergraduate students. We wonder how the results would change if the study were conducted among people with more experience in the workforce.

Source: University of Texas

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