Survey reveals changing attitudes towards sex

A new report has revealed how attitudes towards sex have changed over the years.

The National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles is carried out once a decade and has shown how both men and women look at sex differently compared to those questioned in previous studies.

For example, in terms of adultery among those who are married, 69.8 per cent of women now believe it to always be wrong, while in 1991 that figure was just 53.2 per cent, the BBC reports.

In 2000, 59.1 per cent of females agreed with that statement, while the statistic for men was lower in all three studies.

Nonetheless, males too have become more conservative in this regard, with 62.5 per cent agreeing that it is always wrong, compared to 44.7 per cent in 1991.

Anne Johnson, of University College London, said: "We tend to think that these days we live in an increasingly sexually liberal society, but the truth is far more complex." 

The survey also looked at the changing attitudes to one night stands, with men overwhelmingly more in favour of agreeing with the statement that there is nothing wrong with them.

However, despite rising from 20.1 per cent to 27.3 per cent throughout the 1990s, this figure has since decreased down to 20.3 per cent.

In has become more socially acceptable for women, with 13 per cent now ok with the concept, although this is still short of the number of men who would agree.

The number of partners an individual will have in their lifetime has also gone up, from 3.7 to 7.7 for women and from 8.6 to 11.7 for men.

Females, however, were more likely to have had a sexual experience with someone of the same sex, with 7.9 per cent claiming to have done so - an increase from 1.8 per cent 20 years ago.