Thursday, August 11, 2011

College Not an Animal House

Facts aren't as much fun as fantasy. Just as Hollywood portrays cigarette smoking to be more upscale and popular than it really is, it also shows college kids to be much more promiscuous than they really are. In fact, 70 percent of 20-to-24-year-old men and 75 percent of 20-to-24-year-old women have had only one opposite-sex partner in the past year (50 and 58 percent, respectively) or none at all (20 and 17 percent, respectively).

Over a lifetime, college-educated men and women have fewer sex partners than the average man or woman. Among men under age 45, those with a bachelor's degree have had 4.8 opposite-sex partners in their lifetime versus 5.1 partners for the average man. Among women under age 45, the college-educated have had 2.9 opposite-sex partners in their lifetime versus 3.2 partners for the average woman.

Source: National Survey of Family Growth

1 comment:

sgolovin said...

Could you explain to me, how average man can have 5 opposite-sex partners, while average woman has 3 of such? It looks to me, that the number should be the same. Could it be that men exaggerate the number of partners, and women - under-report?