# Sexual partners: a mathematical conundrum

I came across this “fact”:

According to the 2010 Health Survey for England, the mean number of sexual partners is 9.3 for men and 4.7 for women.

…. obviously men are just more promiscuous than women … but with whom?

Text:
When asked about the number of opposite sex partners they had had altogether in their life so far, men reported a mean of 9.3 female sexual partners, while women reported a lower number, a mean of 4.7 male sexual partners. The majority of participants indicated that they were certain of the number of opposite sex partners they had had, but 33% of men and 17% of women said that the number was an estimate. More women than men reported having sexual intercourse with only one partner of the opposite sex in their lifetime (24% of women compared with 17% of men), and conversely more men than women reported having sexual intercourse with ten or more partners of the opposite sex (27% of men and 13% of women).

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### 3 Responses to Sexual partners: a mathematical conundrum

1. Lleudi Ci says:

The simple answer is that women lie and men brag.
Another influencing factor may be in the respondants interpretation of sexual ‘partner’. The number of people one has had sex with and those of whom you’d choose to remember as a partner could be two very different numbers.

• Scottish-Sceptic says:

I think it’s proof that old women have a lot of sex with young men.

2. Andrew Welsh says: