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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

In the News: America is a Little Less Vanilla than Previously Thought

An interesting study hit the wire yesterday.  The National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB) has published the first in a series of findings on how contemporary Americans have sex.  They surveyed almost six thousand individuals from across the country between the ages of 14 and 94 and asked them surprisingly interesting questions about how they got it on.  I've looked through several reports on their findings and it doesn't appear that they asked about spanking.  Despite this limitation, the findings still make an important contribution to our understanding of sexuality.

Below is a summary table from the NSSHB about what Americans have been up to lately.  You can click on the image to see it full-sized if the numbers are too small below.  Most of us probably already suspected that not all our neighbors are having only missionary sex.  Still, it's always nice to be able to point to hard data that says you're not a freak.

Having poured extensively over this data, here are the conclusions I've drawn:

  • 16% of men between the ages of 25 and 29, and 20% of men between the ages of 30 and 39, lie to researchers in surveys on sexual behavior.
  • That every lovely lady I encounter spent their 20s in sapphic exploration with other beauties is statistically unfounded.  Yet I will continue to believe it.  Note that there is hard evidence for some such experimentation during the college years.  Yes!
  • About 4-8% of men in their 20s are selfish.  Come on, guys, it's not that bad!
  • It's good to see that people are masturbating together.  Why not share a good thing?


  1. **interviewed ages 14 to 94? I'm impressed at the 94 year olds.

  2. Thanks, Anonymous! Me too. I hope I've still got it at that age. I more generally admire those in the 70+ who are still doing some of the kinky stuff.