How We Have Sex

Study Offers Glimpse Into American Sex Lives

In 2015, a team of researchers primarily based out of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at the University of Indiana surveyed 2,021 American adults about their sexual behaviors. Participants completed an extensive, fifteen-minute questionnaire in the comfort of their own homes under total anonymity. Their responses, made public recently in the journal PLoS ONE, reveal the sexual behaviors and preferences of American adults in greater detail than ever before.

Lead author Professor Debra Herbenick and her team summarized the findings:

“Most (>80%) reported lifetime masturbation, vaginal sex, and oral sex. Lifetime anal sex was reported by 43% of men (insertive) and 37% of women (receptive). Common lifetime sexual behaviors included wearing sexy lingerie/underwear (75% women, 26% men)… reading erotic stories (57% of participants), public sex (≥43%), role-playing (≥22%), tying/being tied up (≥20%), spanking (≥30%), and watching sexually explicit videos/DVDs (60% women, 82% men). Having engaged in threesomes (10% women, 18% men) and playful whipping (≥13%) were less common. Lifetime group sex, sex parties, taking a sexuality class/workshop, and going to BDSM parties were uncommon (each <8%).”

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