Much Needed Study On Sexual Behaviors Gives Updated View On Average American

October 4, 2010

U.S. (ChattahBox Health News) – A new study on the sexual habits of the average American between the ages of 14 and 94 has been conducted by Indiana University. It gives us a much needed update on the genuine intimate behaviors of people in our country, including masturbation, condom use and same-sex relationships and encounters.

“This survey is one of the most expansive nationally representative studies of sexual behavior and condom use ever conducted, given the 80-year span of ages. These data about sexual behaviors and condom use in contemporary America are critically needed by medical and public health professionals who are on the front lines addressing issues such as HIV, sexually transmissible infections and unintended pregnancy,”  Center for Sexual Health Promotion director Michael Reece said of the study.

Among the finds of the survey were:

  • Condom use is most prevalent in younger sexually active people, and less prevalent in older, sexually active adults.
  • One in four people in the U.S. uses a condom when having sex with a partner, except for singles, which are one in three.
  • Condoms are used twice as often in casual sex than committed relationships.
  • Men and women rarely keep sex contained to one act per sexual session, usually choosing multiple sexual acts, such as oral, vaginal, anal and mutual masturbation. There is an average of 40 common combinations.
  • 85% of men claimed their partner had an orgasm at their last sexual experience, while only 64% of women claimed to have had climaxed, which is too high a figure to account for a vast percentage of the men speaking of same-sex partners. Instead, it shows a difference of perception.
  • Men most commonly orgasm with vaginal intercourse, but women tend to need more, including both oral and vaginal, to consistently reach climax.
  • 7% of women and 8% of men are homosexual, but many more have reported same-sex experiences in the past or present, without identifying as gay.
  • Most teens are not sexually active, but 40% of 17-year-old males reported sexual activity in the last year.


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