17 April 2007

SA setting bedrooms alight

South Africans and Nigerians are among the most satisfied people in the world when it comes to sex, or having the most orgasms, according to the Durex Global Sex Survey.

"I can't get no satisfaction," complained rock legend Mick Jagger back in the Swinging Sixties, in a hit song he co-wrote with Rolling Stones band member Keith Richards. Maybe the pair should have moved to Africa.

According to the Durex Global Sex Survey, South Africans and Nigerians are among the most satisfied people in the world when it comes to sex, or having the most orgasms.

Two thirds orgasm regularly
"Two thirds of South Africans claim to orgasm regularly, compared to 48 percent of people globally," the condom manufacturer said on Tuesday in a statement issued to mark the survey's release.

The on-line study questioned more than 26 000 respondents across 26 countries about every aspect of their sex lives in a bid to comprehensively chart "what constitutes sexual well-being."

Among other things, it found Nigeria to be the most sexually-satisfied nation (at 67 percent), followed by Mexico (63 percent), India (61 percent) and Poland (54 percent).

The least sexually satisfied people in the world, according to the survey, are the Japanese, with a mere 15 percent of respondents from that country giving their love lives the thumbs up.

120 times a year
"On average, South Africans have sex 120 times a year - considerably more than the global average of 103.

"It is the sexed up Greeks who have the most sex, at 164 times a year, with Brazil next (145) , followed by Poland and Russia (both 143).

The Japanese are the least sexually active nation, having sex just 48 times a year," Durex said.

South Africans also spend more time actually having sex, with sessions lasting an average 20 minutes, compared to the 18 minute world average, the survey found.

"The Nigerians take the longest time over sex, at 24 minutes per session, while Indians have the quickest sex, at 13 minutes."

However, while South Africans may be having the most orgasms, the survey warns they are failing to set the bedroom alight.

SA lacking emotionally
"South Africans are well ahead in terms of physical aspects - frequency of sex, time spent having sex and the ability to orgasm - [but] could do better emotionally.

"More than half (51 percent)... would like more time alone with our partners, a similar number are seeking more love and romance, 44 percent want a better idea of how we can please our partners, and 42 percent would like improved communication and intimacy."

The survey found hectic, modern lifestyles have an impact on people's sex lives, with 55 percent of respondents wishing they felt less stressed out and tired.

Interestingly, South Africans were "not adverse to a little experimentation".

More than half of the respondents said they were keen to try out new activities.

"It is role play (16 percent), sexual fantasies (14 percent), bondage (12 percent) and giving anal sex (11 percent) that top the wish lists," Durex said. – (Sapa)

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