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Mar 18 / Mr. Science

Survey Stats – Lifetime Sexual Partners

Sex SurveyAfter a few weeks of having the sex survey up and running, it’s time to start doing some analysis.

One question immediately comes to mind: Who are these survey takers? Are they a bunch of sex wackos or perhaps a normal subset of human sexuality stumbling around the internet?

To answer that question, I will compare my survey results to other major sex surveys that cover a broad spectrum of human sexuality. If the percentage of my strangest survey result is similar to these big national surveys, then I will sleep peacefully knowing that my website visitors are no stranger than the rest of the world…

So, after 187 surveys, here is one result that was surprisingly high to me:

22.7% have had sex with more than 15 sexual partners in their lifetime.

Wow.

Nearly a quarter of survey takers have slept with enough people to conceivably lose track of the number—hence the need for notches in bedposts or diaries. That seems like a LOT to boring old Mr. Science, but let’s see how it stacks up against the statistics of other sexual surveys:

One study found 14% of adult women to have slept with over 20 partners. This significantly less than our 22.7% but this study added on 5 more partners and only surveyed females. (Men and women count their number of sexual partners VERY differently—men tend to OVERestimate, while women underESTIMATE their sexual statistics…but that’s another blog post.)

On the men’s side, one large sex survey that found that 29% of men had slept with more than 15 partners, which is in line with the slightly lower 22.7% that we have for both genders combined.

Yay.

Now, I can sleep tonight knowing that my survey takers fall well within the normal range, if there IS such a thing as “normal”.

Happy Surveying!
-Mr. Science

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