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as hooking up is that there is wide variation in the behaviors that actually occur during such an interaction. Table 12. 1 gives a look at one study's findings regarding the kinds of behaviors that are most common during hook-ups. Note the similarity in responses by males and females. Where we do see differences is in reports by men and women of their level of comfort with the behaviors they engage in. This particular study (and in many others) revealed that men were more comfortable with all sexual behaviors than women and that men tend to overestimate women's com- fort levels with higher-risk behaviors such as oral sex and intercourse (Lambert, Kahn, & Apple, 2003; Reiber & Garcia, 2010). This is an important point because when you
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HEALTHY Sexuality Who Has More Sex: Singles or Couples? The answer may surprise you and depending on your answer, it may give you an opportunity to reflect upon your attitudes about being single. There appear to be two camps of opinion surrounding whether marriage brings more or Jess opportunity to have sex, in part because of the demands of raising children. However, a widespread belief says that singles have the most sex and married couples' sex lives become dull or even dead with time. In fact, on average, married couples continue to have sex more steadily over the years com- pared to singles, but let's consider some distinctions. Second, married couples over the past generation tend to have significantly more sexual satisfac- tion and more frequent sex compared to singles who do not Jive together. Indeed, 47% of the men and 41 % of the women in married relation- ships describe sex with their spouse as "extremely physically pleasurable" (Laumann et al., 1994: 118). Additionally, singles found sex to be more "exciting" on average by compari- son with their matched married peers, which might mean that single sex is perceived to be novel, risky, and more First, men and women who are live-in partners tend to have more sex than men and women who are married (Laumann et al., 2006). pleasurable. Research suggests that having chil- dren may influence the experience of having sexual pleasure for couples, whether they are married or not. pair men's higher comfort levels with these behaviors and their overestimation of their partner's comfort level, there may be unintended and unfortunate consequences such as when men unintentionally pressure women and women give in to the pressure despite their discomfort. The reality of young adulthood and singlehood is that those who are single today have a wide range of sexual and social possibilities, in part because of the societal changes outlined earlier. One possibility is serial monogamy, in which individuals have an exclu- sive relationship with one person, break up with that person, and then go on to an exclu- sive relationship with a different person. Another possibility is that some singles may be involved sexually with a friend or acquaintance for some benefit, such as shared rent, but without commitment, an arrangement also known as friends with benefits (FWB).

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