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Thirty-three times per month? Misperceptions about the sex lives of others

Vast overestimates are likely caused by the twisted representation of sex and gender in the media

By Bobby Duffy   December 2018

Photo: Christophe Gateau/DPA/PA Images

One of the most striking misperceptions around is held by British men, who think that women aged between 18 and 29 have sex 22 times a month on average. The reality is a more mundane (or less ridiculous) five times a month. In fact, everyone guesses that everyone else is having more sex than they are. Women in Britain think young men are having sex 14 times a month, when the average is also around five.

But the gap between perception and reality is…

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