New survey shows how many sexual partners Brits have had on average
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Why is sex similar to a snowstorm? You don't know how many inches you will get or how long it will last.
But one certainty is knowing how many sexual partners you have had - unless you're Ric Flair and have just lost count.
But a new YouGov survey - which sampled 4006 adults in the UK - has shown the number of partners Brits have had on average.
And it's also important to note that there are no right or wrong answers here, despite any societal and cultural expectations.
Well, unsurprising to those aware of the 'rule of three', men have claimed to have had more sexual partners in their lifetime than women.
Fans of American Pie 2 might remember when the 'rule of three' was first mentioned in the film, which suggests that in order to find the accurate number of sexual partners of a woman, you should multiply that by three.
For men, you should divide that by three.
Just a joke, of course, but it was definitely an ongoing feature throughout the film.
Anyway - back to the survey.
It seems that on average, men said they have had five sexual partners over their lifetime, while women averaged at three.
People who were aged 60 and over had an average of three sexual partners in their lifetime, while those aged 40 to 59 claimed to have had an average of six partners, and those aged 30-39 averaged five.
Meanwhile, a quarter of Brits (25 percent) claim to have slept with 10 or more people.
30 percent of men said they have had at least 10 sexual partners, compared to 20 percent of women.
Also, those who are aged 60 and above are most likely to say they have only ever slept with one person over the course of their life.
Notably, just one in six (17 percent) said that they have only ever slept with one person.
But, taking everything into account, is it important to tell your partner, or the person you are seeing, how many people you have slept with?
Peter Saddington, counsellor at relationship charity Relate, previously told the Huffington Post in 2017: “Whether or not you choose to tell you partner is entirely your decision.
“It is most likely to depend on how much you tend to share with others.
“What you’re comfortable to share is influenced by many things, including: your culture or religious beliefs; the degree of security in your relationship and your own feelings about your sexual history.”
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Topics: Sex and Relationships