How many sexual partners have you had? According to the US National Centre for Health Statistics, for the average person, their ‘number’ is not that high. If you can believe the surgery reported data, the average man has 7 sexual partners during their lifetime and the average woman 4.
Men: 7 Women: 4
I find these numbers surprisingly low, especially when you put in the context of what I think of as the typical relationship evolutions. Consider
– most people to not end up in a long term relationship with the first person they have sex with; in fact I would have thought most people did at least a few years of dating and, I would have supposed, sexual experimentation, prior to ‘settling down’;
– once people are in a long term relationship, many (a majority) have (unfortunately) some level of infidelity
– similarly, many (almost a majority) or long term relationships end in separation and, presumably, a move to another relationship.
So, considering these three factors alone, it shocks me that the average man has only 7 sexual partner and the average woman 4.
Not sure I believe it.