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Video: Men Tend To Lie About The Number Of Partners
Men tend to lie about the number of partners
In addition to the difference between men and women in terms of "casual sex," the study's findings explain two-thirds of the so-called "gender gap".
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The discrepancy between the number of sexual partners men and women reported in the surveys is largely due to the fact that men tend to exaggerate the number of their partners or to count their number only approximately. This, in particular, says a new British study, the results of which were recently published in the "Journal of Sex Research" (Journal of Sex Research).
In addition to some difference between men and women in terms of "casual sex," these results explain at least two-thirds of the so-called "gender gap" found in sexual relations research: a number of studies have shown that men report much more partners than women.
Dr. Kirstin Mitchell of the University of Glasgow and her colleagues analyzed the responses of more than 15,000 men and women to the UK National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles. The age of the survey participants was from 16 to 74 years old.
As part of the study, the authors tried to understand why men always report more partners of the opposite sex than women, although, in theory, the average number of partners for men and women should be approximately the same. In the course of the survey, men reported an average of 14 partners they had, and women only seven.
First, some of the survey participants reported a very large number of sexual partners, thereby distorting the average statistical results, and there were more of them among men. The largest number reported by men was 110 partners, while women reported a maximum of 50 partners. If we exclude them from the research results, then the “gender gap” between men and women would be significantly reduced.
The gap would narrow even further if the “accounting strategy” itself was taken into account. Men more often than women only roughly counted the number of their partners. For example, among those who reported 5-9 partners, 24% of men considered them only approximately, and among women, they were 15%.
Attitudes towards sexual life also contribute to the poll results. Women turned out to be more conservative in their sexual relations. They are less likely to think that there is nothing wrong with a "one-night stand" (9% of women and 18% of men). Women are also more likely to consider the sexual relations of married or married people “on the side” to be wrong (65% of women and 57% of men, respectively). If we correct the research data, taking into account such attitudes, then the “gender gap” would narrow even more. The researchers also considered a number of other explanations for this gap.
They found that excluding cases of prostitution (“paid partner”) had little effect on the “gender gap”.
According to Dr. Mitchell, the accuracy of information about sexual partners is important for many reasons, including assessing an individual's risk of sexually transmitted infections and assessing the rate of HIV transmission.
“Most of the available studies on the bias of self-reported sexual activity were conducted only among students, high-risk groups or in a laboratory setting, so they do not show in reality how correctly the population answers such questions in the course of research and surveys. Our study is the first attempt to look at the main types of explanations for gender differences observed in a sufficiently large and representative sample,”says Dr. Mitchell.
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