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Record-Breaking Sex Study Shows Americans Are Getting Kinky

In Love & Sex by , on Sunday, October 10, 2010, 7:51 AM (PDT)
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Seniors need sex ed.

If you ever wondered what sort of sexual practices, beliefs and oddities were practiced by both 18 year-olds and 88 year-olds, now's your chance. In the largest nationally representative study of sexual behaviors ever fielded, researchers have painted a picture of what it's like to have sex in America.

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Conducted by scientists and researchers at Indiana University (which is home to the famous Kinsey Institute, so you can be sure they know all about handling sex studies), The National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior looked at the sexual experiences and safe-sex behaviors of 6,000 people between the ages of 14 and 94.

The results are as wide-ranging and comprehensive as in any study you're likely to find.

Among the findings, it was found most 14-17 year olds are not having sex (only a fifth have had sexual intercourse), and 75% reported using a condom during their last sexual encounter -- good news for sexual health and safe-sex educators.

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Surprisingly, their grandparents may be the ones in need of safe sex education. Among men over 50 years of age, a whopping 91% reported not using a condom when they had sex with a casual acquaintance, and 70% said they didn't wear one when having sex with someone they just met.

In all, one in four acts of intercourse in the U.S. included the use of a condom. One in three single people reported using condoms.

Also included in the report:

* Men still misjudge their female partner's pleasure. 84% of men reported their partner had an orgasm during their last sexual encounter, while only 64% of women said the same.
* 7% of women and 8% of men report identify themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
* Most report the same amount of pleasure from sex with a condom as sex without.
* Participants reported engaging in a wide variety of sexual acts in their last encounter -- over 40 different combinations.

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