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This Week In Sex: Are You Having Too Little Or Too Much Sex?

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By Zaron Burnett III

When you and your partner Netflix and chill, do you been spend more time on the Netflix and less time on the chill? Don’t worry. That’s fairly common, especially as we head into autumn and winter. We call it cuffing season for a reason. The good news is, all that binge-watching is good for your relationship.

According to this study from the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, couples who binge-watch together stay together. It’s like catnip for bonding. If you add a little touching and massage to the mix, suddenly the binge-watching becomes foreplay. Just sayin’.

But let’s back it up to before you start binge-watching together, when you’re still on the road to coupledom, in that moment when your possible new partner turns and asks, “So, how many people have you slept with?” …what is a good answer to that question? Your answer could be critical.

Americans like sex. You’ll find it everywhere in our culture. We use it to sell unsexy things like car wax. But sex also makes us nervous. Like, if you have too much of it, people develop opinions. If you don’t have enough, people also form opinions. It’s a double-edged sword. So how many partners is ideal? We broke down the latest data here.

Based on research from Superdrug, the ideal number of sexual partners is eight. On average, men reported they’d slept with six partners in their lifetime while women, on average, reported seven. As far as what people considered “too promiscuous”? Women thought fifteen partners was a bit much while men said fourteen.

Interestingly, on a state-by-state basis, the people of Utah had the fewest sexual partners. They averaged three sexual partners in their lifetime. But can you guess which state is home to the folks finding the most climaxes with the most sexual partners? Not so fast, Florida. It was Louisiana. They average sixteen sexual partners. This makes sense. New Orleans is a sexy city known for its appetites.