Usually not: The vast majority of Americans are monogamous and happy about it, expressing satisfaction with their sex lives and a broad preference for emotional commitment in sexual relationships. Most by far prefer marriage to the single life. But there's more to sex in America in than that s picture suggests. A groundbreaking ABC News "Primetime Live" survey finds a range of eye-popping sexual activities, fantasies and attitudes in this country, confirming some conventional wisdom, exploding some myths -- and venturing where few scientific surveys have gone before. Among the results: Fifty-seven percent of Americans have had sex outdoors or in a public place. Half talk with their partners about their sexual fantasies.
Promiscuous America: Smart, Secular, and Somewhat Less Happy
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We like to think of America as sexually permissive. The median American woman has had three sex partners in her lifetime. The median man has had five. These numbers have remained unchanged for decades: you have to look at people born prior to the s, who came of age before the Sexual Revolution, to find lower numbers. The distribution of promiscuity is skewed to the right: most people have only a few partners, but a few people have a whole lot. The data look like this:.
The Percentage of American Adults Not Having Sex Has Reached a Record High
These probably aren't questions you'd relish answering, at least not in front of the kids. Luckily for us nosy types-and those who have a purely academic curiosity about the sordid details of other people's sex lives-AARP has released the official findings of its Sex, Romance, and Relationships Survey. Using a random sample of 1, Americans ages 45 and older, it revealed exactly what older Americans do behind closed doors and plenty of other places , as well as their honest opinions about things you'd typically get punched, slapped, or arrested for asking. Following are some of the biggest revelations.
The share of US adults reporting no sex in the past year reached an all-time high in , underscoring a three-decade trend line marked by an aging population and higher numbers of unattached people. But among the 23 percent of adults - or nearly 1 in 4 - who spent the year in a celibate state, a much larger than expected number of them were something men, according to the latest data from the General Social Survey. Experts who study Americans' bedroom habits say there are a number of factors driving the Great American Sex Drought. Age is one of them: The and-older demographic climbed from 18 percent of the population in to 26 percent in , according to the survey.