You’ve heard the concerns — “men are naturally promiscuous,” or, “sex in marriage never lasts.” Not so, according to authors of the first global study of human sexuality. Not only are most people monogamous, but the people who are married are actually the most sexually active.
Research suggests that the concerns about rises in promiscuity and pre-marital sex in modern society are unfounded, with monogamy still the dominant pattern of behavior, according to the Times of London. The survey, published this month’s The Lancet, also states that there is no universal trend toward early sexual intercourse, non-monogamy, or polyamory.
More than 59 countries were included in the study, showing that most people only had one “recent sexual partner” and most parts of the world shift strongly to either marriage, domestic partnership, or cohabitation.The research comes just days after Britain released its own statistics which show that country is a broadly monogamous society.
Brtitain’s Office of National Statistics found that seven out of 10 men and eight of 10 women have had just one sexual partner in the past year.
“Most people are married, and married people have the most sex,” the authors say. “Sexual activity among young single people tends to be sporadic, but is greater in industrialised countries.”