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Young men in Australia want less sex, says academic

Pauline Askin in Melbourne

Published 03/05/2011 | 05:00

UNBELIEVABLE as it may sound, not all young men want more sex.

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According to a survey of Australian men, 12pc between the ages of 16 and 24 said they wanted less sex -- the highest proportion of any age group.

"Although it's a minority, it contradicts the myth about boys not getting enough sex and dying to get it," Juliet Richters, Professor in Sexual Health at the University of New South Wales, said.

Richters and a team of researchers from around Australia surveyed some 4,300 heterosexual men and 4,400 women between the ages of 16 and 64.

Only 31pc of men in that age group said they wanted more sex, the lowest of any other age group as well.

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"It may well be that they are being overwhelmed by girls of much the same age who are madly in love and very keen," she said.

"It also takes men of that age about a year or longer to commit to a relationship."

More predictably, the survey found that 57pc of men between 35 and 44 wanted more sex compared with only 28pc of women, while 14pc of women said they wanted less.

Half of men aged 55 to 64 wanted more sex, while only 27pc of women in the same age group felt the same.

"The evolutionary explanation is women are only keen on sex when they can conceive. A social explanation is a whole lot of stuff, including time, pressure, tiredness," Richters concluded.

Irish Independent

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