by Kristen Mark
The statistic that CNN reported indicating over 40 million Americans were stuck in a sex rut and more than half of Americans were dissatisfied with their sex lives would leave one to believe that maintaining a good sex life isn’t that important to the majority. I recently analyzed some data that made me think the opposite – maintaining a good sex life is very important to the majority.
I collaborated with colleagues from Good in Bed in partnership with Pure Romance, Men’s Health, and Women’s Health to conduct a survey and collect data from over 4,800 men and women on a variety of “what if’s” regarding sex and relationships. When I was analyzing this data, I quickly began to notice a theme in the results; both men and women were really willing to go the extra mile for their sex lives to flourish.
Here are just a few examples demonstrating this trend I observed in response to the survey (note: participants could choose more than one response option, so not all numbers will add up to 100%):
What Would You Do If…
- Your partner wants you to try something that makes you feel sort of embarrassed in bed: More men (53.2%) than women (39.8%) would indulge their partner, and both women and men would give it a try (66.1% of men and 77.0% of women).
- You find out your partner watches porn regularly: 63.9% of men and 46.8% of women would ask to watch it with them.
- Your partner wants to watch porn with you: 75.5% of men and 69.1% of women would say go for it – that porn spices up a relationship, and 35.8% of men and 31.8% of women would want to look online for porn together.
- Your partner wants to engage in BDSM behavior: 24.2% would think about it and 54.9% would have a discussion with their partner about it.
- Your partner wants to have a threesome: Although more women (37.3%) than men (15.1%) would say “absolutely not”, the most common response from both men and women was to talk through it (41.7% of women and 48.2% of men), with thinking about it indicated by 28.0% of women and 35.8% of men.
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