In the collective unconscious, most believe young people aged 18 to 29 are fond of sex and are pro-active about it. Really, it's totally different.
The Ipsos Institute wanted to know the frequency of sexual intercourseamong British and American youth. Many people imagine that young people are experts on the subject, however, the numbers are actually surprising.
How many partners during the course of your life?
Most think that a person has about 14 sexual encounters in a month. In fact, among the British, there are only about 5 on average. Americans are even less effective because they only have 4 monthly relations. In the banal reality, young people aged 18 to 29 have about fifty encounters a year. But the most surprising is the biased interpretation that men have about women's sexual relations.
According to them, the female population (less accessible therefore more coveted) have 23 encounters per month (in England and the United States). In reality, their average sexual activity is five per month. The study also analysed the number of encounters that a person could have until they are between 45-54 years old. The English have 17 partners on average and the Americans 19.
There you have it: who said romance was dead in the UK? We can categorically say at least we're more romantic than Americans!
Keeping the bedroom alive
And they might want to work on that. Sex helps to keep a couple intimate, it strenghtens bonds. More than one couple has ended not with a bang, but a whimper. In fact, another American study polled 30,000 of them over 40 years to reach this result. Their conclusion? Sex important, though don't overdo it either, as you get diminishing returns. As psychologist Amy Muise says:
Frequent sexual intercourse is associated with greater happiness, but this link is no longer as strong when the frequency is more than once a week. Our findings suggest that it is important to maintain an intimate connection with your partner, but you do not need to have sex every day as long as you maintain this connection.