New England Journal’s “Comprehensive” Sex Survey of Older Americans (Blowfish)

From my new column at Blowfish:

In the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the University of Chicago National Social Life, Health and Aging Project published the results of a study described as the first comprehensive national survey to chart sexual behavior among adults aged 57 to 85.

The New England Journal of Medicine

According to the University’s website, this survey overturns stereotypical notions about aging and sex (namely, that old people don’t like it). Edward Laumann, one of the report’s authors, told BBC News: “There are a lot of people who feel that age is very tightly correlated with sexual activity or interest . . . But it turns out that healthy people are sexually active if they have a partner, and that this is an important part of the quality of life.”

In addition to “sex,” the study asked about oral sex and masturbation; half of the people surveyed “up to age 75″ said they had oral sex, and half of the men and a quarter of the women reported masturbating, with no apparent correlation between masturbation and having or not having a sexual partner.

Read more at Blowfish.

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