As with other sexual orientations, the exact prevalence is unknown (most settle around 1%) but there is a growing asexual pride movement for people who lack sexual feelings.Source: Psychology and Sexuality One misconception is that most casual sex involves people we’ve only just met; in reality, sex comes in many shades of informality, and the anonymous one-night-stand is relatively rare, as this US survey from 2009 showed.
(Although that may be slightly skewed for the younger people in their teens and 20s, the figures are not so different for those aged up to 60.) In other words, for almost 50% of the population, “it’s complicated”.Source: Journal of Sexual Medicine This data was based on the Global Sex Survey in the US, which has included more than 50,000 respondents over the age of 18.So BBC Future has looked at the data to try to get an idea of the full spread of the sexual spectrum – from how much we actually want sex to what we really do between the sheets.Needless to say, this comes with some serious caveats. There are probably as many different sexual peccadilloes as there are flavours of food – and like our culinary tastes, our preferences vary from country to country, individual to individual, and day to day.
For this reason, trying to describe the “normal” sex life is something of a fool’s errand; the variety is so great that a single statistic is never going to capture how most people feel.The Mintel research, which questioned nearly 2,000 internet users, indicates that young men are the most likely to adopt a relaxed attitude towards screening with just two thirds (67 per cent) of 18 to 24-year-old men agreeing that it is important to have regular sexual health screening, compared to 81 per cent of Brits overall.Further highlighting an ‘act now and think later’ approach, 41 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds and 49 per cent of 18 to 24-year-old men, agree that it is only necessary to see a doctor if they have symptoms following unprotected sex.They’d rack up conquests with one right swipe and entice young women into bed on the basis of a few text exchanges.They’d convince a woman to sleep with them as easily as they convinced Mummy and cricketers. The truth is that Tinder does not entitle men to casual sex.The reason, as you might expect, was often that they didn’t feel in the mood but had not wanted to upset their partner.