Poll: Boomers unhappiest over their own sex life

Nov 22, 2010 By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID , AP Science Writer

(AP) -- Baby boomers are the unhappiest age group when it comes to their sex life.

Yet, a majority of boomers think they've learned just about all there is to know on the subject - and more women than men are confident of their knowledge - according to a new Associated Press-LifeGoesStrong.com poll.

Among people aged 45 to 65, 59 percent of women think they know all about sex, while just 48 percent of men share that confidence level.

"I don't think a single person in the whole world knows all there is about sex," commented Debby Herbenick of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University.

"Women historically have more resources," to learn about sex, noted Jennifer Bass, director of communications at the Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender and Reproduction.

Among age groups, baby boomers are the unhappiest with their sex lives. Some 24 percent say they're dissatisfied, compared with 12 percent of 18-29 year olds, 20 percent of 30-44 year olds and 17 percent of those over 65.

A majority of female boomers - 56 percent - say their sex drive has decreased as they have gotten older, compared with 46 percent of men.

Seventy-two percent of men aged 45-65 have fantasized about having sex with someone other than their sexual partner at the time, compared with 48 percent of women.

The new poll also found that among those aged 45 to 55, nearly half the men - 48 percent - complained that their partners don't want to have sex as often as they do, while just 13 percent of women in that age group say the same.

"Men certainly do tend to have higher sex drives, as a whole," Herbenick said, though she noted that some women also have quite high sex drives."

At that age, she pointed out, women tend to be going into menopause, which can have marked impacts on their sex lives, having hot flashes and feeling tired.

There's less disagreement between the sexes between 55 and 65, with majorities of both men and women saying couples can have a strong relationship without sexual activity. Some 59 percent of men at that age, and 69 percent of women, agreed with that.

The AP-LifeGoesStrong poll also found that overall, 28 percent of men and 21 percent of women in the baby boom generation are dissatisfied with their sex lives. That is similar to the findings of other surveys, Herbenick said.

Other findings of the poll include:

- Among married boomers, 62 percent said they had had sex for the first time with a partner other than their first spouse, while 35 percent said their first spouse was also their first sexual partner. Fourteen percent said they had sex for the first time with their first spouse, but not until after they were married.

- More baby boomer men, 73 percent, than women, 54 percent, said their first sexual partner was someone other than their first spouse. Just 15 percent of women over age 65 said they had sex for the first time with someone other than their first spouse, while 54 percent of men over 65 said their first partner wasn't their first spouse.

The AP-LifeGoesStrong.com Poll of the boomer generation about sex and relationships was conducted Oct. 1-10, by Knowledge Networks of Menlo Park, Calif. It involved online interviews with 945 adults between the ages of 45 and 65, as well as companion interviews with an additional 587 adults of other age groups, ages 18-44 and over 65 years of age. The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for all adults, 3.9 percentage points for adults ages 45-65.

The survey was conducted using KnowledgePanel, which uses a probability-based design. Respondents to the survey were first selected randomly for KnowledgePanel using phone or mail survey methods and were later interviewed for this survey online. People selected for KnowledgePanel who didn't otherwise have access to the Internet were provided with the ability to access the Internet at no cost to them.

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More information: http://www.lifegoesstrong.com/sex-poll

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baby boomers are from the horse leech of avarice and lust and so it is not a wonder why baby boomers think they know everything about money and all about sex.

[15] "The horseleech"... Concupiscence, which hath two daughters that are never satisfied, viz., lust and avarice.(drbo.org)



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