Survey: Nearly One-Fifth of American Adults Are Sexters
U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner – the New York congressman at the center of a sexting scandal – isn’t alone. A new survey shows 19 percent of American adults have engaged in sexting.
But it seems some Americans have gone beyond the congressman’s revealing activities (or at least those he’s confessed).
The Trojan U.S. Sex Census indicates:
• 19 percent of Americans have had online sex.
• 18 percent of Americans have had sex with someone they met online.
• 10 percent of Americans have chatted about sex on Facebook, Twitter or both. Men are more likely to discuss their sex lives on Facebook or Twitter (15 percent) than women (6 percent).
The Sex Census is based on two studies conducted by StrategyOne for Trojan, a major maker of condoms. The first study questioned 1,000 adults across the country. The second study questioned 2,000 adults in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Houston and Washington, D.C.
The Trojan survey finds that the average American adult has sex 120 times a year, with residents of the Northeast engaging in sex most often and residents of the South engaging in sex least often. Seventy-one percent of men say they want more sex, compared with 55 percent of women.
Another new survey indicates that most Americans (57 percent) attribute the series of public sex scandals in recent years involving politicians (including Weiner) more to the heightened scrutiny they face than to lower moral standards among elected officials. The survey was conducted June 9-12 among 1,002 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and The Washington Post.