And it’s probably not what you think
By Becky Fletcher
Many assume that the majority of sexual fantasies tend to revolve around kinkier desires, but a new study reveals this might not be the case. According to research from the Indiana University School of Public Health, men and women desire the more affectionate kissing and cuddling over NSFW sexual behaviour.
In a myth-busting study, the questionnaire showed that the majority of participants were just after some solid affection and romance. Approximately 80% revealed they regularly masturbate, and have oral and vaginal sex. Interestingly, 43% of men reported insertive anal sex and 37% of women receptive anal sex.
Other commonly reported sexual behaviours included wearing lingerie and underwear, and sending/receiving nude images.
According to IFL science, the survey Sexual Exploration in America Study asked 2,000 men and women questions about what sex acts (from a list of 30) the respondents had tried previously and rated the appeal of 50 sex acts.
The researchers added that, although many people reported sex acts as appealing, it didn’t mean they were engaging in these acts frequently. Many of the participants also had a wide variety of sexual behaviours.
Debby Herbenick, professor and the lead author on the study, said:
“Contrary to some stereotypes, the most appealing behaviours, even for men, are romantic and affectionate behaviours… These included kissing more often during sex, cuddling, saying sweet/romantic things during sex, making the room feel romantic in preparation for sex, and so on.”
“These data highlight opportunities for couples to talk more openly with one another about their sexual desires and interests… Together they may find new ways of being romantic or sexual with one another, enhancing both their sexual satisfaction and relationship happiness.”
Although this is an American study, the first-of-its-kind research is interesting as it provides insight to adult sexual behaviour.
Time for some old-fashioned kissing and cuddling tonight?
The paper was published in PLOS One.