Softening up, crashing, going down, failing to launch, losing firmness -- it seems sex and money, or at least libido and the economy, have more in common than language. Ruth cautions that people anxious about diminishing investments or "looming pink slips should turn their attention to a side effect of the present economic tsunami: the way it's washing away the love lives of couples caught up in the rushing waters.Stress, depression and anxiety all wreak havoc on the libido."She talks about one couple in which a man fears he'll lose his job, which is affecting his sense of manhood, and therefore his sexual desire.Closing the 'Adultery Gap'The only kink in all of this (sorry) is that cheating is up.

In the morning, she had decided she would either marry this guy or never see him again.

Three days later, with no phone call ("I have no qualms about calling men, but I had come to a place where it was simply more interesting for me to be pursued") she figured it was the latter.

Wage earners should care about productivity growth because it determines the growth of their compensation, and hence their living standards.

For firms making investment plans, it is important to project future productivity growth because that will determine the size of the market in the years ahead.

In other words, men can get funny when they're losing money."The Best/Worst One Night Stand It's not just sex but love that gets less trade.

This week, there's also a sad essay by Salon's Sarah Hepola in Nerve called "Up in Smoke: How the Financial Crisis Ruined my Love Life" about a one night stand she had with a transactional lawyer.A key component of the Fed’s projection is how fast it thinks the economy can grow—the potential growth rate of productivity and the labor force—without setting off an acceleration of inflation.Similarly, the president and the Congress must estimate the potential growth rate in order to know its “baseline” surplus (the happy circumstance we now enjoy) or deficit (the problem that plagued us in the 1980s and for nearly all of the 1990s).Laboring in 'Splitsville'"Will the Market Kill Your Marriage" is Time's offering on the subject."Recession and divorce, it is said, go together like carriage and horse." And those "who labor in Splitsville" have three theories as to why.Projecting Productivity While the anticipated growth in the labor force is relatively easy to project—because future population growth and labor force participation are, for the most part, known—it is no easy thing projecting the growth rate of labor productivity.