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Is the boss right? Experts debunk Jack Ma's ‘669’ concept of healthy sex life

Earlier, he recommended work from 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week, for the best results.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Jun 11, 2019, 01.55 PM IST
Jack Ma
Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, earlier promoted a '996' work schedule where employees must work from 9 am to 9 pm for six days in a week.
Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, wears many hats. Billionaire business magnate, investor, philanthropist. But sex advisor? We think not. After advocating people to follow the spirit of ‘996’, where he recommends they work from 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week, for the best results, Ma shared another nugget of instruction at a mass wedding for an improved sex life: Follow the spirit of ‘669’. That’s, in Ma’s own words, “sex for six days, six times, with duration being the key”. But, is it possible to have your cake and eat it too, in well, your personal and professional life? We ask the experts if the numbers add up.

Not really
Dr Mahinder Watsa - Sexologist

“It is possible to have sex six times a week for a working couple, but it would only happen once in a while. I do not think this is a sustainable routine. One should not make it a habit and one should also not feel the pressure to live up to these kind of numbers. Everyone is different and there are a lot of circumstances that contribute to a good sex life. There is no number that is ‘right’ – it’s not a marketing skill. The right number depends on your health, your job and so on.”

Anup Dhir - Senior consultant and sexologist, Apollo Hospital

Dr Anup Dhir
Anup Dhir - Senior consultant and sexologist, Apollo Hospital

“Sex six times a week is not physically possible in normal circumstances. Married couples have sex 1-2 times a week on average and a maximum three times a week according to surveys. Working couples have to find time for sexual intimacy, maybe on weekends when they can get away from normal routine. A healthy sex life is where partners have similar sex drives and get emotional satisfaction from the act. According to the Kinsey Institute, 18-to-29-year-olds have sex an average of 112 times per year, while 30 to 39-year-olds have it on average 69 times per year.”

Good luck
Dr Prakash Kothari - Head, Department of Sexual Medicine, King Edward Memorial Hospital

“Sexual pleasure should not be gauged by performance or frequency. It has to be measured by happiness and pleasure shared. It’s not how much sex you have but how beautiful and mutually satisfying it is. It happens between two ears and not two legs. Jack Ma may be worth hearing, but I am not sure if he is worth listening to regarding sex. I feel if you’re working every day, six days a week, well, I think having sex six times a week is something that should be left for Alibaba."

Just not possible
Rajinder Yadav - Director, Department of Urology, Fortis Hospital

“It is not possible for a person to work long tedious hours and come home and engage in the act of sex. One feels tired. Mentally there is no fuel. There is a need for the body to calm down and unwind in the least strenuous manner. For one to have sex, the mind should be relaxed. While the younger population can have sex four times a day, this eventually lessens. It becomes twice to thrice a week in the 30s and post 40 it tends to be twice or weekly.”

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Leadership Gone Wrong

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Being an industry leader is not child's play. Apart from taking one's business ahead and dealing with the complications that come along with it, inculcating a healthy work culture is also extremely important. Recently, Alibaba Group boss Jack Ma received flak on social media for promoting a 12-hour-a-day and six-days-a-week work routine for success. However, he isn't the only one who, in an effort to be on the top, ended up promoting a hostile work culture. Here's a look at some top bosses who haven't been appreciated for their leadership qualities. (In pic from left: Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, Travis Kalanick)
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