It’s often considered a taboo subject, but a new study finally reveals the sex lives of Brits.
Researchers from the University of East Anglia surveyed more than 5,000 Brits to find out what the average sex lives of men and women are like.
And there’s good news if you haven’t seen much action: you’re not alone.
The results show that most Brits have had either no sexual partner or just one sexual partner in the last three weeks.
Dr. Julii Brainard, who led the study from the University of East Anglia, said: “Often people assume that everyone else is having a lot of sex, but surveys like this show the real story is much more complicated.”
Between the sheets: It’s often considered a taboo subject, but a new study finally reveals the sex lives of Brits. This graph shows the percentage of people who have recently had sex
Researchers at the University of East Anglia surveyed more than 5,000 Brits to find out what the average sex lives of men and women are like (stock image)
|The percentages indicate how many people have had sex in the last three weeks|
In the study, researchers surveyed more than 5,000 people in Britain last year and asked whether they had had sex in the last three weeks.
Only 31 percent of heterosexual women ages 45 to 49 said they had not had a sexual partner in the past three weeks.
However, among women aged 50 to 54 it was 47 percent.
Of the women in their early 60s, two-thirds had not had sex for at least three weeks.
The figures include women who do not have regular sex with their husband or partner and those who are single – possibly after a divorce in mid-life.
In contrast, the number of heterosexual men who reported not having sex in the past three weeks did not increase dramatically with age.
Dr. Brainard said: “These results could be seen as good news for older women who are having less sex than when they were younger, as they can know that they are normal.”
Only 31 percent of heterosexual women ages 45 to 49 said they had not had a sexual partner in the past three weeks. However, among women aged 50 to 54 it was 47 percent (archive image)
The findings come from a snapshot study that looked at the risk of infection from Mpoxen, formerly known as monkeypox, and included gay and bisexual men, heterosexual men and heterosexual women.
The authors conclude that everyone’s likelihood of having regular sex decreases with age – but this change occurs at younger ages and even more dramatically in heterosexual women.
Only about a quarter of the women surveyed in their late twenties and early thirties had not had sex with any partner in the last three weeks.
This rose to around 37 percent among those in their late thirties and early forties and was 31 percent among those in their late forties.
But then came the spike: 47 percent of women in their early fifties had not had sex recently, and 52 percent of women in their late fifties.
By the time they reached age 60, about two-thirds of women had not had sex in the previous three weeks, and in the 1970s more than three-quarters reported not having done so.
Of heterosexual men, only about half reported not having had sex recently, although this percentage remained about the same in every age group from late 40s to 75+.
Men can avoid a middle-aged sex slump by having partners who are younger than them and even more interested in sex.
But it may also be that male pride makes men less likely to admit or recall not having had sex in the last three weeks, while women are more likely to under-report the sex they have had.
Interestingly, the study, published in the journal PLOS One, found that very few British heterosexuals had two or more different partners in the last three weeks.
Those aged 18 to 24 were most likely to have had multiple sexual partners recently, and about 14 percent of this age group reported having had multiple sexual partners recently.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON SONGS PEOPLE LISTEN DURING SEX?
According to Spotify, some of the most popular sex songs this year are:
- Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) by The Weeknd
- Birthday sex from Jeremih
- Often by The Weeknd
- All The Time by Jeremih, Lil Wayne, Natasha Mosley
- Pony by Ginuwine
- Ride with SoMo
- Sex With Me by Rihanna
- Slow motion by Trey Songz
- Or Nah (feat. The Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa and DJ Mustard) – Remix by Ty Dolla $ign
- The Hills by The Weeknd
A new app called Bed Beats lets couples personalize their sex playlists based on their movements during sex