By Daily Mail Reporter. What is considered 'normal' when it comes to sex and intimacy in a relationship has caused contention for couples for decades. Now, West Coast researchers keen to get to the root of the question have asked , people from around the word, including 23, from the U. Pepper Schwartz, a sociologist at the University of Washington in Seattle, surveyed both heterosexual and same-sex couples over age 18, and found that 40per cent say they have sex three to four times a week.
What is normal? Meanwhile 48per cent of men and 28per cent of women report having fallen in love at first sight, and in the U. Co-author James Witte, who directs the Center for Social Science Research at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virgina, says the team looked at couples who said they were happiest, and studied their behaviors. He said he hopes that this will help others to be happier, and in turn have more fulfilling relationships.
Numbers: Surveying both heterosexual and same-sex couples over age 18, researchers found that 40per cent of couples have sex three to four times per week. Still, Ms Schwartz says, that many couples are 'somewhat romance starved,' and even among the happiest couples, the survey found 27per cent were keeping a secret. They hold hands. They do PDAs [public displays of affection].
That whole package of romance that some couples preserve - that shows how important it is. The normal bar: The book, out February 5th, surveyed , people, in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships over age In the U. S, 44per cent of people report that they 'hardly ever' or 'never' go out on a date - compared to a large 53per cent in Italy, 54per cent in England and 55per cent in France.
From their findings, the authors suggest two ways to improve sexual satisfaction. Sleep naked: 34per cent of U. Meanwhile, kissing more, outside of sexual intercourse, may also help. Those who kiss for affection rather than as part of a sexual act reported being more sexually satisfied. Among U. Psychologist David Buss of the University of Texas-Austin, who studies sex differences, hopes people will use the survey as a conversation starter surrounding their relationship's intimacy, rather than as a benchmark of sexual frequency.
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