1 in 3 Americans Think It’s OK to Have Sex within the First Month of Meeting Someone

C. Price

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C. Price

C. Price is part of DatingAdvice.com's content team. She writes advice articles, how-to guides, and studies — all relating to dating, relationships, love, sex, and more.

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How long after meeting someone do you wait to get physically intimate? A month? A few months? Do you wait until marriage?

According to new research, more Americans are comfortable getting physical early on.

Conducted by DatingAdvice.com, the study found 34 percent of Americans think it’s OK to have sex with someone within the first month of meeting.

Not surprisingly, the results tracked much higher for men in every response, which included having sex on the first day, within the first month, within two to three months, after more than three months or waiting until marriage.

Nearly half of all men surveyed didn’t mind sleeping with someone during that first month – more than twice the response from women.

“Half of all men didn’t mind sleeping

with someone during the first month.”

And it looks like gender continues to split the numbers.

Men were 35 percent more likely than women to think it’s OK to have sex on the first day.

Twenty-three percent of women didn’t mind waiting more than three months, but only 8 percent of men agreed.

The findings also show married respondents have more conservative views toward early sex than their single and divorced counterparts.

Only 5 percent of married men and women were comfortable with first-day sex versus 10 percent of singles and divorcees.

Married men and women also had a 19 percent lower likelihood of wanting to have sex within a month of meeting.

Older Americans were also among the least likely groups to think it’s OK to have sex early on.

Forty percent of 25- to 34-year-old respondents said it’s OK to be physical within that first month, while only 28 percent of those 65 and older thought so.

Conversely, only one in five 25- to 34-year-olds said waiting until marriage was appropriate, compared with a third of those 65 and older.

The Breakdown: Americans Who Think It’s OK to Have Sex in the First Month

By gender:

  • Male: 46%
  • Female: 22%

By sexuality:

  • Straight: 33%
  • Gay: 51%

By marital status:

  • Single, Never Married: 37%
  • Married: 31%
  • Divorced: 41%

By age:

  • 18 to 24: 30%
  • 25 to 34: 40%
  • 35 to 44: 34%
  • 45 to 54: 35%
  • 54 to 64: 34%
  • 65 and older: 28%

By race:

  • White: 34%
  • African-American: 34%
  • Hispanic: 38%
  • Asian: 29%

By income:

  • Under $25,000: 31%
  • $25,000 to $49,999: 34%
  • $50,000 to $74,999: 36%
  • $75,000 to $99,999: 31%
  • $100,000 to $124,999: 46%
  • $125,000 or higher: 35%

By region:

  • Northeast: 38%
  • Midwest: 34%
  • South: 30%
  • West: 36%

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