Study: How Many Sexual Partners Are Ideal?

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A study showed how many sexual partners a person should have.

The most frequent answer to this question, still a tabooed topic, is ten.

This number is suggested by the researchers as well as by the researched people, including women and men.

Talking to the grandparents about their luck to find their partner, is magical, isn’t it?Study: How Many Sexual Partners Are Ideal? 5

 Sometimes I think, how fortunate they were to be able to love one partner for the rest of their lives. 

Probably it was caused by the time in which they were living. The fashion has changed. Nowadays, the number of life partners is increasing as well as the number of sexual partners.


An ideal number of sexual partners.

The British biggest extra-marital dating site have started the research about an ideal number of sexual partners. More than 1000 people participated in this online study and answered: How many lovers they would want their new partner to have had?

The participants agreed mostly with the numbers between 8 and 12. This answer has been chosen by 38% of women and 37% of men.

The “Goldilocks” answer was ten

Hence, this means, “neither too hot nor too cold”. This is probably the best solution for most of the people.

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The participants think that one who had less than ten partners lacks experienceStudy: How Many Sexual Partners Are Ideal? 6

however, one who has had more than ten is deliberately promiscuous.


In particular, men respond, they are sceptic about women having more than ten partners. 

This might be due to the natural fear about the STD’s that has increased.

More than 20 sexual partners: NOT IDEAL

This number has been chosen as perfect just by 3% in the case of women and 4% in the case of men.Study: How Many Sexual Partners Are Ideal? 7

Another research question, regarded the knowledge about the previous partners – Do you want to know how many lovers a new partner had in the past?

35 percent of women want to know the final number of men’s partners, while 30 per cent of men want to be aware of the number of ex-partners of their current girlfriend.


The dating game is changing so quickly, the spokesman of, Christian Grant, says.

I think we are all becoming a lot more tolerant and sexually adventurous. If we had conducted this poll ten years ago, men would have expected a potential partner to have slept with far fewer people, he explains.

Is this what we really want?

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The lack of time may cause unhappy relationships. 


If we consider family and relationships more important than success in the workplace, then there is a decrease in the number of our sexual partners.

However, we will probably not go back into the age of our grandparents and ancestors with one partner in the whole life.

The sincerity remains as it was before and that is important. Very often it is better to know about your partner’s previous life than not knowing what to expect.

Dominika Benesova

Written by Dominika Benesova

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