The number of sexual partners you have is a personal thing. Depending on who you ask, it may be a taboo topic or a point of pride.
Interestingly, though, people’s “sex numbers” vary from country to country. A recent survey from Superdrug asked 2,000 Americans and Europeans how many sexual partners they had on average.
1. The French are the most open-minded
As far as sex goes, the French are among the most open-minded in Europe, according to new research from U.K.-based health service Superdrug Online Doctor. The survey asked 2,000 people from around the world how many sexual partners they’d had in their lifetime. While Americans led the pack with an average of 7.2 lovers, Europeans were right behind at 7.4.
Interestingly, the number of partners considered “too many” by different countries was fairly broad, ranging from two to 10. However, the French were more clear-cut when it came to the ideal number, with the majority of their respondents stating that anything between 10 and 16 would be acceptable. This was a stark contrast to other Europeans, with respondents from the Netherlands and Belgium considering anyone who had less than 10 partners to be too conservative.
When it comes to sharing their own number, men were more prone to inflating their sexual history than women. This is likely due to the fact that men feel more confident about discussing sex, while women are worried about how their partner will react. Overall, most of the respondents agreed that they always tell the truth when asked about their number.
The survey also broke down the number of partners by state, with Louisiana residents leading the way with an average of 15.7. Utah residents, on the other hand, reported an average of 2.6 partners. This could be a reflection of religious beliefs in the state, as well as local cultures and sexual mores.
When it comes to dating, the French are known for their laid-back approach to romance. They’re more interested in developing a relationship and building trust than they are in the American “dating game.” As such, it’s not uncommon for couples to meet through work or mutual friends, and they often take their time before becoming intimate. This doesn’t mean that French couples aren’t sexually active, however. In fact, a recent study found that the majority of French women are sexually active. In addition, the survey showed that more than 30 percent of French women think it’s appropriate to discuss their sexual history within the first month of a relationship.
2. Belgians and Austrians are the most conservative
In Belgium and Austria, people tend to have fewer sexual partners on average. This is likely due to societal or cultural preferences to abstain from premarital sex. In addition, women in these countries spend more time on household chores and childcare than men, which can leave them less time for sex.
The number of sexual partners a person has can also vary by gender, age and location. For example, in Switzerland, heterosexual men had 7.1 sexual partners on average while heterosexual women had 6.1 partners. People in French-speaking Switzerland had more partners than those in German- or Italian-speaking parts of the country and those in cities had more partners than those in rural villages.
Another interesting finding from our study was that sex-seeking behaviors increased with age and location. Young adults in their early twenties had more sexual partners than those from their mothers’ generation who were in their early twenties during the liberal heyday of the Swinging Sixties. In addition, the number of sexual partners rose with a person’s income. People in high-income countries have more partners on average than those in low-income countries.
Overall, the numbers we gathered from our survey show that most people around the world have multiple sexual partners. The exact number varies by region and culture, however, and there is no definitive answer as to how many sex partners a person should have.
Ultimately, it is up to individuals to decide how many partners they want and need. The key is to have a healthy balance between the various aspects of their lives and to make sure they are happy in all of them. In order to do so, it is important to be honest about your needs and expectations with your partner. This way, you can work together to find a happy medium that will allow both of you to reach your sex goals. And if you ever need some help finding a great partner, check out our dating tips and tricks. We are always here to help!
3. The United States is the most promiscuous
Despite the fact that everyone has a different opinion on what constitutes a high number of sexual partners, it is important to understand that there is no exact figure. What might seem like a lot to one person, another might find a perfectly acceptable amount. What’s more, some people even lie about the number of sexual partners they have had, according to a recent survey by Nectar Sleep.
In the same survey, participants from the United States ranked themselves as being the most promiscuous when it comes to sex. Women from the US have a total of 7.6 lovers, compared to their counterparts in Europe who report having only 6.9.
Americans also rank themselves as being more open-minded when it comes to their sex lives, with 76% of them saying that they think it’s perfectly acceptable for a woman to have seven or more sexual partners. This is compared to only 50% of women from the UK and 40% of men from the Netherlands who say the same.
It’s also worth noting that the amount of sexual partners a person has can vary by state. For example, the people in Connecticut are the most promiscuous in terms of their number of sexual partners. This may be because the Nutmeg State is known for its sexual liberalism and progressive political beliefs. Then there are states like Utah, which is traditionally known as a religious conservative state and home to a large percentage of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Moreover, the average number of sex partners that a person has in their lifetime can change based on age. In a study by researchers at the University of Alberta, they found that adults who have children have an average of more sexual partners than those who don’t. The reason behind this is probably that parents are more likely to set a good example for their kids when it comes to sex. As such, kids who are exposed to sex at an early age can develop healthier sexual habits later in life.
4. The UK is the least promiscuous
It’s a question that splits the sexes like no other: How many people have you slept with? Men who boast a high number of conquests are often regarded as real men-about-town. But women who say they have a lot of partners risk being branded as ‘easy’ or even’slut-like’.
It may seem strange that there are still double standards in this supposedly enlightened age, but the fact is that it does exist. A recent YouGov Surveys poll found that the average number of sexual partners for Brits who were willing to disclose this figure is four. Interestingly, it seems that the older you are the more likely you are to claim a higher number of sexual partners. Men aged 60 and over, for example, claimed to have slept with an average of five partners, while those aged 40-59 topped this figure with six partners. The survey also found that women aged 30-39 claimed to have slept with an average of three partners.
Of the 2,000 people polled, both men and women said they were more likely to lie when asked about their number of sexual partners than they were to tell the truth. They cited reasons such as wanting to appear more mature, not wishing to be seen as ‘easy’ or’slut-like’, and fearing they would be judged negatively by the person they were telling the truth to.
What’s more, both men and women tended to underestimate their own sexual numbers by about 20%. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that the survey results are based on self-reporting so could be slightly skewed.
The survey also asked participants what they considered to be ‘the magic number’ and how many they felt was too few or too many. Generally speaking, people from France were the most conservative, saying two partners marked promiscuity while those from the Netherlands rated this as the lowest threshold. In contrast, those from the UK and the U.S. rated 14 as the magic number and thought that having more than this was excessive. It’s definitely an interesting result, but remember: your number is up to you and shouldn’t be dictated by others.