Sexual Activity of People in Different Countries
Psychologists and sociologists define promiscuity as the act of engaging in casual sex with numerous sexual partners. The definition of ‘numerous’ depends on who you ask because when it comes to a number of sexual partners, people tend to have different views on what can be defined as numerous and what can’t. For example, most religious institutions advocate for one sexual partner at any given time. They also support having sex in the context of marriage. However, studies show that most people do not follow this advice. For instance, according statistics, an average male would have had about seven partners by the time he is 44 years old. An average female is likely to have at least four partners by the time she is 44 years old. In general, 33% of men and 9% of women have more than ten sexual partners during the course of their life.
An online survey of 2,000 people conducted in Europe and the US revealed that the average number of sexual partners differed remarkably between nations. For example, the citizens of Belgium, Spain, and Italy had five sexual partners on average. The United States’ average number was 7.2 partners. Interestingly, the people surveyed in Utah had an average of 2.6 sexual partners while those in Louisiana had an average of 15.7 partners. That is a quite big difference of 13.1 partners.
In this same survey, 21% said that it was somewhat likely for them to dump someone who slept with too many people. Another 9% said it was very likely that they would.
A survey in Britain showed that an average Briton has sex 5,778 times during his lifetime. Interesting comparison: the British only have 3,685 grilled dinners in their life. They would also visit family members 4,880 times. The research, conducted by Quidco, surveyed nearly 2,000 Britons to get that statistic.
Surprisingly, Japan is on the opposite side of the spectrum when it comes to having sex. More specifically, the Japanese are not having sex as often as people in other Western nations are. For example, a survey of Japanese millennials showed that 42% of the men and 44.2% of the women were still virgins.
Being sexually active has its set of advantages. For example, it allows someone to explore their sexuality. A sexually active person is also more likely to find a partner whose sexual desires are compatible with his or hers. However, promiscuity has its set of disadvantages including the possibility of developing a sexually transmitted infection. Currently, 19 million infections of this nature occur every year. The most common STDs in the US are human papillomavirus, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, genital herpes, syphilis, and, of course, HIV. In 2012, 13,712 people in the US who had AIDS died. Currently, the number of new HIV/AIDS infections in America stands at over 41,000 each year.