Are You Happy In Your Sex Life? A New Study Reveals All
When it comes to our sex lives, fantasy and reality are two very different things. But while we’re not all living in a porno movie – a shame, I know – according to a new study from Lovehoney, sex is still a key factor in happiness, well being, and mental health.
The study looked at 1,000 Brits aged between 18 and 65+ – a kind of state-of-the-nation report into sexual happiness in 2019 – with pleasure product retailer Lovehoney researching what impact sex has on certain aspects of in our lives.
According to the report, 63% of Brits say sex is important to their overall happiness and a third of people say that sex improves their mental health.
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No great surprises there, but did you ever consider that what happens between the sheets might be affecting what happens behind your desk? The study found that for 35% of Brits, sex improves their performance at work.
But while many Brits see sex as a source of overall happiness, not everyone’s happy with, well, how much sex they’re getting. Lovehoney’s study found only one in five Brits feel sexually fulfilled – and only 39% manage to have sex a couple of times a week. And even when we’re at it, we’re not entirely lost in the moment of pure sexual ecstasy: some people admitted being distracted by their own worrying about the noise they’re making (27%), friends or family being in the house (24%), or pets in the bedroom (17%).
It also comes as very little surprise that only 24% of woman orgasm every time during sex compared to 58% of men (well at least you’re doing something right, fellas – but shame it’s mostly for yourselves). Which is probably why women are taking things into their own hands, with 71% of women using sex toys to boost pleasure levels. But it doesn’t always take artificial aids to spice things up – two thirds fantasise during sex and one in ten even fantasise about being with someone of a different gender to their regular sexual partner. Not only that, but 21% of men and 16% of women fantasise about having sex with more than one person.
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One fantasy scenario that might also surprise you is how many Brits enjoy having sex in the great outdoors. An impressive 84% say they’ve had sex, or would live to, in a field of forest, and 75% say exactly the same about sex on the beach. No wonder us Brits look forward to our summer holidays – though only 5% have tried to join the Mile High Club while jetting off.
“This study shows how our sex lives evolve throughout our lives, how adventurous we are prepared to be and how sexually fulfilled we feel, both physically and emotionally,” says Sammi Cole, a sex and relationship expert from Lovehoney. “The findings from this study will ultimately ensure we’re able to continue fulfilling our brand promise to customers in the future.”
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