Study: 59% of Men, 36% of Women Admit to Having a One-Night Stand

DatingAdvice.com has published an exclusive study detailing the dating habits and sexual activity of the U.S. population.
 
59% of Men, 36% of Women Admit to Having a One-Night Stand
59% of Men, 36% of Women Admit to Having a One-Night Stand
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - May 16, 2013 - PRLog -- Urban Dictionary, the go-to source for slang and pop culture terms, defines a one-night stand as: "Hooking up with someone for one night of sex with no strings attached and hoping to never see them again."

Sounds like quite a night. And it looks like quite a few Americans have participated in a night of one-time passion.

A new study conducted by DatingAdvice.com found three out of five men and one out of three women have had a one-night stand.

Dr. Wendy Walsh, clinical psychologist and DatingAdvice.com expert, said a cultural acceptance of men's sexual behaviors and a discrimination toward women's often means there is a significant difference between the sexual activities men and women admit to engaging in.

"Men tend to over-report sexual behavior on surveys and women tend to under-report, all because of the sexual double standard," she said.

Among the most likely groups to have participated in a one-night stand are divorcees, who were 34 percent more likely than their married counterparts to say they've had a one-nighter.

Age also seems to play a significant role, as 52 percent of respondents in the 45 to 54 age range answered in the affirmative versus 40 percent of those aged 18 to 24.

Dr. Walsh said contrary to popular belief, a large portion of college students are not sexually active, so they have less exposure to a variety of sexual activities.

"Nearly 25 percent of college students are still virgins. That takes a big chunk out of the demographic," she said. "As people begin to be sexually active, it makes sense they will have a wider range of sexual experiences."

The study surveyed 1,080 respondents over the course of three weeks, balancing responses by age, gender, income, race, sexuality and other factors in order to accurately represent the U.S. population. The study has a margin of error of +/- 2.8%.

The Breakdown: Americans Who've Had a One-Night Stand

By gender:
● Male: 59%
● Female: 36%

By sexuality:
● Straight: 46%
● Gay: 68%

By marital status:
● Single, Never Married: 50%
● Married: 44%
● Divorced: 59%

By age:
● 18 to 24: 40%
● 25 to 34: 52%
● 35 to 44: 47%
● 45 to 54: 52%
● 54 to 64: 47%
● 65 and older: 42%

By race:
● White: 46%
● African-American: 55%
● Hispanic: 53%
● Asian: 26%

By income:
● Under $25,000: 44%
● $25,000 to $49,999: 53%
● $50,000 to $74,999: 47%
● $75,000 to $99,999: 51%
● $100,000 to $124,999: 49%
● $125,000 or higher: 45%

By region:
● Northeast: 50%
● Midwest: 46%
● South: 46%
● West: 49%

Dr. Wendy Walsh holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is the author of "The 30-Day Love Detox." (April 2013).  In addition to publishing its own studies, DatingAdvice.com aggregates other reputable dating and relationship research daily in the site's Dating Studies section. Follow the studies feed via email, Twitter or RSS to stay informed of the latest research.

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