11 Surprising Facts About America's Sexual Behavior

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11 Surprising Facts About America's Sexual Behavior
Interesting results from a sex survey of nearly 6,000 people at the University of Indiana.

9. Men give oral sex as much as they receive it. Contrary to popular wisdom again, men -- especially older men -- give as much oral sex to women as women give to men. While the difference is greatest in the 20 to 24 year old range (with only 55 percent of men saying they've given it in the past year, compared to 74 percent of women), the tables turn as we age. In the 30 to 39 age range, 69 percent of men report having given a woman oral sex, while only 59 percent of women have. In other age ranges, the differences are far less greater, with only a few percentage points differentiating the two groups.

10. Both men and women masturbate. The vast majority of people at all age groups masturbate. Yes, men regularly out-masturbate women, with over 80 percent of 20 to 29 year old men reporting masturbating in the past year. But women are no slackers either, with 64 to 72 percent of women in the same age range reporting masturbating in the past year.

11. We all like to brag. Similar to point #5, more people in the survey said they received oral sex than those who said they gave oral sex. If everyone was telling the truth, these numbers should be within a few percentage points of one another. Instead, we see many discrepancies. For instance, 70 percent of women claimed to have received oral sex from a man in the 20 to 24 age group, but only 55 percent of men admitted to having given oral to a woman. Sixty-two percent of men aged 40 to 49 claimed they received oral, but only 53 percent of women said they gave it. Apparently saying you've received oral sex is still more attractive than saying you've given it.

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I would've thought that the University of Texas would have come out with this research, as their researchers came up with the 237 reasons to have sex from a 2007 survey. And while 5 minutes may be enough for most people to have sex, I think I'll take my time next time I'm in the mood!

Enticing findings indeed.

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