Sex Fact: Homosexuality and Heterosexuality By the Numbers

Contributor: Kayla Kayla
OkCupid, one of the larger free dating sites out there, frequently analyzes the data of their users. In this particular instance, they chose to analyze the data of their self-identified gay users versus their self-identified straight users.

They found that the median reported amount of sex partners was the same between both heterosexual and homosexual people with the median being 6 partners.

They also found that 45% of homosexual people have had 5 or fewer partners (versus 44% for heterosexuals) while 98% of homosexuals have had 20 or fewer partners (versus 99% for heterosexual people). They found that just 2% of homosexuals have had 23% of the total reported homosexual sex.

When asking heterosexual people if they've ever had an encounter with someone of the same sex, almost a quarter of their respondents answered with a "yes" with 1 in 3 heterosexual women having hooked up with another woman and of those who haven't, 1 in 4 would like to.

These sex facts were retrieved from OkCupid who did a study on their userbase.

Do any of these sex facts surprise you? Do you have any other facts you'd like to add?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Yes, I am surprised by some of these facts.
5  (8%)
No, I am not surprised by some of these facts.
57  (92%)
Total votes: 62
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Contributor: Errant Venture Errant Venture
I'd have thought that the numbers would be roughly the same, but all in all I'm not really surprised.
01/10/2012
Contributor: samanthalynn samanthalynn
no im not
01/28/2012
Contributor: bunniebunnie bunniebunnie
i'm not really surprised since people now are more open and want to explore a lot of options.
02/06/2012
Contributor: JennSenn JennSenn
It doesn't seem surprising to me.
08/29/2012
Contributor: pirata pirata
i thought it was when i started reading the numbers, but then it occurred to me that it pretty much figured anyway
08/29/2012
Contributor: Kenneth Fort Kenneth Fort
Quote:
Originally posted by Kayla
OkCupid, one of the larger free dating sites out there, frequently analyzes the data of their users. In this particular instance, they chose to analyze the data of their self-identified gay users versus their self-identified straight ...
Hmm... The question is how well such a site reflects the regular population.
09/18/2012
Contributor: gsfanatic gsfanatic
It is hard to determine how closely that mirrors the general population, but it's an interesting breakdown nonetheless
09/18/2012
Contributor: thesquaredeific thesquaredeific
Sounds right, especially when it's all coming from the same site.
09/20/2012
Contributor: animepanda89 animepanda89
not really that surprised
10/21/2012
Contributor: Rory Rory
No real surprise.
11/03/2012
Contributor: TransGuy14 TransGuy14
Not surprised at all.
11/27/2012
Contributor: Pink Lily Pink Lily
Ha! I'm not surprised but I'm happy the data backs up my gut
12/09/2012
Contributor: iabicpl09 iabicpl09
Not surprised at all
12/10/2012
Contributor: oneeyedoctopus oneeyedoctopus
Okcupid users might not be a representative sample of the general population since it only includes people looking for sexual/romantic relationships.
05/20/2013
Contributor: karenm karenm
Those numbers don't really surprise me. Most of my friends are gay, and they don't seem to have any more or fewer partners than my straight friends.
06/09/2013