"Gullible people, or, as we say in the field, the socially inadequate vulnerable population, tend to buy into concocted, baseless scenarios more than other people, thus rendering them more prone to accepting the sometimes wild fantasies their partners may have falsely woven," says Dr. Ivan Klegburn of the ABSI.
The team at ABSI studied 400 couples over the course of two years. Participants were given a multitude of "believability exams," where scenarios -- both true and false -- were posed to them via video, print, or still images.
By rating which scenarios were true and which were made up, researchers were able to distinguish the gullible from the discerning. They found that 36% of the study's participants could be labeled factually gullible.
The couples were further tasked with journaling their sexual encounters and rating them on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being lousy and 10 being outstandingly gratifying sex.
"It is notable that the factually gullible participants consistently reported having more satisfying sexual encounters," said Klegburn. "While the discerning population reported an average of 6 on the sex satisfaction scale, the gullible reported 8's, 9's, and 10's more than 83% of the time."
Whether their romantic partners are being truthful with them or not, it seems like gullible people possess the ability to transcend reality and allow themselves to believe -- and enjoy -- whatever fantasies present themselves.
So, if you're looking for a sexually fulfilling romance, find someone who's willing to weave tales of hogwash for you. Okay, so maybe he wasn't actually a Navy SEAL, or she never actually waited tables as a Hooter's girl. Go ahead and enjoy those twisted lies, because you'll have a leg up in the bedroom.
Happy April Fool's Day!