Bring back the test card? No TV equals more sex, study finds

Image: iStock/gilaxia We're now used to having TVs in more than one room of the house - and there are always devices like tablets and laptops for streaming if there is no actual set. However, it seems that this desire for constant entertainment is harming our sex lives because people are actually chilling after Netflix rather than, you know, doing 'Netflix and chill'. A study of almost four million people from 80 countries taking part in the Demographic and Health Surveys found that couples […]

Are you ditching sex for a scroll through your phone?

Image: iStock/AnaBGD Bedtime used to be a time to switch off, reconnect with your partner - and maybe even indulge in some intimate fun together after a busy day. However, new research has shown that the humble smartphone could be coming between couples, because they can't bring themselves to switch it off or leave it outside the bedroom for even a night. A poll carried out by Asurion on 2,000 adults who live with a spouse or partner discovered that the number one activity people participated […]

Have sex and add meaning to your life

Image: iStock/Drezen_ Having sex could help you feel as though your life is more meaningful. This might sound dramatic, but it's the discovery of a new survey by researchers at George Mason University in the US. The team recruited 152 college students and asked them to keep a record of their sexual behaviour in the form of a daily diary, including their emotions and feelings, for three weeks. Each diary was then assessed for positive feelings, mood and how meaningful people generally rated […]

Australian scientists create new type of condom

Image: iStock/Brasil2 Australian scientists believe they have created the condom of the future, designed to feel like the wearer has nothing on at all. Eudeamon Technologies won a share of a multi-million dollar grant from the Australian government aimed at supporting medtech innovators trying to get their ideas and inventions off the ground. It used the money to create condoms made from 'hydrogel', a material so like human skin that it should feel almost undetectable. The condoms were already […]

How people aren't having sex as often as you think

Image: iStock/PeopleImages It's easy to assume, particularly if you aren't in a regular sexual relationship yourself at the moment, that other people are having far more sex than you are. They're probably at it every night while you catch up on repeats of Eastenders, right? Wrong. Actually, other people are not likely to be having intercourse anywhere near as frequently as you think. According to a new study by King's College London, we tend to have extremely skewed perceptions of the sex […]

Official advice is not to reuse condoms. No kidding

Image credit: iStock/matt_benoit It's great to have concern about the environment, particularly at a time when plastic use is a major worry. However, there are times when it's possible to take that devotion a little too far - let's just say there are things you should absolutely not be recycling. If you're wondering what we're talking about, we're referring to the recent news that American organisation the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued advice stating that condoms should not be […]

Are we too isolated to have sex?

Image: martin-dm via iStock We're used to living as busy a life on social media as we do offline, with most of us feeling a need to check sites like Instagram on a regular basis throughout the day. However, could this online obsession be coming at the expense of real-life relationships and experiences? Could young people in particular be ditching those exciting first sexual encounters in favour of Facebook likes and YouTube subscribers? A new study seems to suggest this is the case. According […]

Russian couple stun motorists by having sex through sunroof

You'll never think of a sunroof in the same way again (Image: gogosvm via iStock) They might still be riding high on a wave of euphoria after hosting a wildly successful World Cup tournament, but one couple in Russia seemed to be taking their happiness levels to a whole other place this week - by having sex in a traffic jam. A host of videos have popped up online and on local news media that appear to show the man and woman enjoying a tryst in a stationary vehicle. Rather than attempting to […]

Summer of love? Protect yourself against 'superbug' STI, experts urge

Image: iStock/wildpixel Whether you're heading abroad this year or just staying in the UK for this golden summer, it may be that you're looking forward to some great dates that could lead to a bit of fun between the sheets. While this is perfectly OK, experts have reminded anyone thinking of engaging in sex with a new partner to protect themselves with condoms amid fears that a little-known sexually transmitted infection (STI) could become a superbug. Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) was first […]

No more dick pics, begs beleaguered researcher

Image: iStock/Slphotography When a sociologist set out earlier this summer to perform a study on penis size and links to self-esteem, she was optimistic that her results could provide a valuable contribution to science. However, she perhaps didn't think the collection side of her research through quite thoroughly enough - and she has been forced to abandon the entire thing after the general public got hold of the idea and had a practical joke field day. Missouri State University professor […]