• Home
  • News
  • Entertainment
  • LAD Originals

U OK M8?
Free To Be
Extinct
Citizen Reef

To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders

Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications

Not now
OK

People in disbelief as man explains how often the average person actually has sex

Jess Hardiman

Published 
| Last updated 

People in disbelief as man explains how often the average person actually has sex

Ever wondered if you're having enough sex? It turns out there's a specific number for how often the average person gets lucky... But it's higher than you might think.

Last year, a TikToker went viral after revealing the magic number - which left him, and others, slightly daunted at the prospect of trying to catch up.

Loading…

Posting a video about the unexpectedly large number, Daniel Schaal (@thatschaalfolks) said to the camera: "The average person has sex 54 times a year or so, looks like the next few days are gonna be pretty crazy for me."

Many TikTok users found the stats hilarious, with a fair few saying the same thing.

"I'm the reason it's not 100 times a year lol," one person said.

Another wrote: "I'm bringing down the average so you guys feel better about yourselves."

A third responded: "Well someone here must be doing it 54 extra times to make up for me."

The magic number is higher than some of you might think... Credit: TikTok/@thatschaalfolks
The magic number is higher than some of you might think... Credit: TikTok/@thatschaalfolks

The statistics, from the Archives of Sexual Behaviour, come from a 2017 study that said the average person has sex near enough once a week.

It stated it was less frequent sex than when a similar study was done in the 90s.

Another study that was published in Social Psychological and Personality Science said this amount of intercourse was actually the perfect amount for happiness.

It was conducted over 40 years and looked into the personal lives of more than 30,000 Americans, and found that any more than once a week didn't really improve happiness - although those that had sex less than once a week did report being less fulfilled.

However, it's likely that those stats were affected by the pandemic.

Credit: Anna Berkut/Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: Anna Berkut/Alamy Stock Photo

When lockdown measures were first introduced, one of the only conceivable benefits was the potential for an improved sex life for couples quarantined together.

A lack of time is typically blamed for a barren love life, but with working (and doing basically everything) from home the new normal, time is something we all have a lot more of. Indeed, many predicted there may be a Covid-19 baby boom, with sex becoming an increasingly popular hobby for bored couples.

But when condom sales declined in March, the boss of Durex did not point the finger squarely at the lack of opportunities for singletons during lockdown - he said those who have even more opportunity than ever are having less sex too.

Speaking to the BBC, Laxman Narasimhan - boss of Reckitt Benckiser, which owns Durex - said: "What you see is this virus is having a toll on the number of intimate occasions in the UK.

"Intimate occasions are going down and that is a manifestation of anxiety."

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock

Topics: Sex and Relationships, TikTok

Jess Hardiman
More like this

Chosen for YouChosen for You

News

Mother issues warning after teenager nearly died from having flu

8 hours ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Man who spent £19,000 to 'become a wolf' just wants to be free of human relationships

2 days ago