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People Shocked To Learn What The CDC Thinks The Average Number Of Sexual Partners Is

The average number of sexual partners, as shown by the CDC's statistics, has left people stunned.

The subject of sex is frequently an uncomfortable one.

Nevertheless, discussing your sexual experiences in a survey may be less awkward, and anonymity in a poll may discourage exaggeration of the truth.

Although one may exaggerate their sexual experiences in front of friends, studies reveal that the actual frequency of sexual activity per year is lower than expected.

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For example, a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior in 2017 discovered that the average adult engages in sexual activity 54 times per year, which equates to approximately once per week.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Survey of Family Growth reports that the total number of sexual partners one has in their lifetime is also lower than commonly believed.

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A question posed in the survey of "sexually experienced women and men aged 25-49 years of age" inquired about the number of opposite-sex partners they have had throughout their lifetime.

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The study's findings indicate that between 2015 and 2019, the median number of sexual partners for women was 4.3, while for men it was slightly higher at 6.3.

Regarding the overall statistics, 17.7 percent of female participants in the survey reported having had only one sexual partner, while the figure for men was 11.2 percent for those with a single partner.

At the other end of the spectrum, 28.3 percent of male participants in the survey reported having had 15 or more sexual partners in their lifetime, while the figure for women was significantly lower at 12.9 percent.

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The study's results were shared on Reddit, sparking surprise and disbelief among many users.

Many were stunned by the results, expecting the figures to be much higher, while others suggested that their own experiences had contributed to lowering the numbers.

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One person said: "I legitimately find either number hard to believe tbh. Is it like counting in dog years?"

Another added: "I am somewhat surprised the average is that low, but I have been reading about how much less sex people have now than they used to and what a wasteland dating in the 25-45 range is these days."

And a third noted: "I didn't expect to come into this thread and see so many people calling the number low. My only sexual partner is my wife so I guess I'm the person bringing this down."

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Additionally, a fourth claimed: "I've cited this statistic multiple times as evidence to the fact that people aren't having nearly as much casual sex as people think they are."