Study of religion and sexual satisfaction reveals that avoiding 'sex without love' is the point of sex life
When it comes to religion, many people have an ascetic image. Contrary to this image, recent research has found that religious beliefs are associated with higher levels of sexual satisfaction. Researchers point out that avoiding sex without love and sex with an unspecified number of people may lead to a fulfilling sex life.
Full article: Religiosity, Sex Frequency, and Sexual Satisfaction in Britain: Evidence from the Third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal)
Stronger religious beliefs linked to higher levels of sexual satisfaction, study shows
A research team led by Nitzan Peri-Rotem of the University of Exeter, UK, and Vegard Skirbekk of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, conducted a lifestyle study in England between 2010 and 2012 to examine the relationship between religion and sex life. I conducted a study to analyze the data of a survey on sexuality. The data included survey results of 15,162 men and women aged 16 to 74, but the research team narrowed down the target to those aged 18 to 59 in consideration of the content of the study, and attracted only to the same sex. I also excluded the answers of those who did not feel it.
After excluding minors and the elderly, we collected data from 4,313 men and 6,370 women, a total of 10,683 people. While it was a minority of 11% and 16% of women, more than two-thirds of the total answered that they had never participated in a religious event.
Nearly half of the respondents were married, and 17% were unmarried but living with their partner. Looking at sex life, the average frequency of sex over the past 4 weeks was 4.4 times for men and 4 times for women, with men tending to be slightly more frequent. On the other hand, sexual satisfaction was slightly higher for females, with 24% of males and 25% of females strongly agreeing with the question 'I am satisfied with my sexual life.' Furthermore, 14% of women answered that this question did not apply to them, compared to 17% of men.
In this survey, only 2% of both men and women said they had no sexual partners. Among those who have a sexual partner, the number of partners is overwhelmingly higher for men, and 39% of men answered that they have had 10 or more sexual partners in the past, compared to 39% of women. was 24%.
There was also a difference between men and women in terms of their views on sex, with 65% of men agreeing or strongly agreeing with the question, 'I can have sex with someone I don't even like,' compared to 50% of women. were significantly more positive about loveless sex. On the other hand, 32% of women answered that ``one-night relationships are always wrong,'' compared to 24% of men.
And when we used these data to analyze religion and sex life, we found that people who valued religion were more satisfied with their sex life than those who didn't value it at all. In addition, when the number of sexual partners and awareness of loveless sex were taken into account in the analysis, it was confirmed that the positive relationship between religion and sexual satisfaction disappeared in both men and women. rice field.
In addition, the data includes not only the subject's religion but also the educational background, and the analysis revealed that both the frequency and satisfaction of sex were lower for highly educated people than for those with lower educational background. doing.
Regarding the results of this study, Skirbekk said, ``People who believe in religion are less likely to have casual sex and tend to limit sexual activity to romantic relationships, so this is an expectation of sexual activity outside of formal relationships. It may be contributing to lower levels and higher levels of satisfaction with sexual life in general.'
In addition, Peri-Rotem said, ``For women, having 0 or 10 or more sexual partners was associated with low satisfaction in sexual life, but for men, there was a difference between the number of partners and satisfaction. And disapproval of loveless and casual sex was associated with higher satisfaction with sex life for both men and women, hence having too much sex. and may lead to a decline in satisfaction.'
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