Sex 237 Reasons to Have Sex—Some Good, Some Not So Good
posted by July 31 at 8:12 AMon
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin—keepin’ it weird—asked 2,000 people why they’d had sex. Not how they had sex, not in what position, not for how long, not with whom, but simply why.
They found that the reasons people gave fell into roughly 237 categories. The survey offered 237 possible reasons. First on the list? It was the heat of the moment. Here’s the rest of the top first ten…
It just happened.
I was bored.
It seemed like the thing to do.
Someone dared me.
I desired emotional closeness.
I wanted to feel closer to God.
I wanted to gain acceptance.
It’s exciting, adventurous.
I wanted to make up after a fight.
Some other possible reasons
people mentioned according to the University of Texas’s survey: “I was under the influence of drugs or alcohol” (12); “My partner kept insisting” (22); “I was tired of being a virgin” (31); “I didn’t know how to say ‘no’” (47); “I was slumming” (69); “I wanted to be used or degraded” (128); “I wanted to get a raise” (155).
In news that will distress Catholic prelates and the sex-is-only-for-making-babies crowd, “I wanted to have a child”
came in 27th was the 27th possible reason on the survey’s list—after “I felt I owed it to the person” (17), “I wanted to make up after a fight” (10), and “The person was famous and I wanted to be able to say I had sex with him/her” (23). The list is fascinating and, at times, depressing reading. (“I was physically forced to” is 24th on the list.) You can download the entire list by clicking here. And if you think the UT researchers left anything off, feel free to add your reasons to the comments thread.
UPDATE: D’oh, I’m an idiot. I read this story wrong at first. The highest ranking answer for both men and women was: “I was attracted to the person.” But all those possible answers (“I was bored,” “Someone dared me,” “I wanted to be used or degraded”) weren’t just made up by researchers; they were answers given by the initial 400 people asked to give their reasons for having sex.