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34% of Americans Have Had Sex On a First Date

C. Price

Written by: C. Price

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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First dates come with a lot of other firsts: the first meeting, the first conversation or maybe even the first kiss. But what about the first sexual encounter?

According to new research conducted by DatingAdvice.com, more than a third of Americans have had sex on a first date.

The results show men and gay respondents were among the most likely groups to do so. Men in general were twice as likely to sleep with a date on the first romantic outing than women, while homosexual men and women slept with a first date at twice the rate of their straight counterparts.

Gina Stewart, DatingAdvice.com expert, said the study reflects a common stereotype that suggests men are the ones who rush into sex.

“I heard this quote from a gay friend the other day and it certainly applies here. ‘When it comes to sex, men are gas pedals and women are brakes.’ Imagine when two men get together,” she said. “If there is no one to act as a brake on a first date, it’s no wonder gay and male respondents were the most likely groups to engage in first-date sex.”

Besides gender and sexuality, age and marital status also play a significant role in the findings.

At 39 percent, those between 25 and 54 years old had some of the highest responses. However, those aged 18 to 24 had some of the lowest responses at 22 percent.

“Men were twice as likely to sleep

with a date on the first romantic outing.”

Divorcees were 25 percent more likely to have sex on the first date than singles.

Stewart said more often than not, divorced men and women don’t put as much emphasis on delaying the onset of a sexual relationship as single men and women.

“For divorcees, they are often people who are (perhaps) used to having sex more consistently than their single counterparts, so continuing into a new sexual relationship from date one isn’t as much of a forethought,” she added.

Among the least likely demographics to embrace this concept was Asian-Americans, as less than one in five answered in the affirmative. Hispanics took the lead at 39 percent.

By earning power, 40 percent of respondents making between $75,000 and $99,999 a year have had sexual intercourse on a first date, a fifth higher than most other salary groups.

In terms of region, the west proved the most active, with nearly two in five reporting sex on a first date versus three in 10 Midwesterners.

The study surveyed 1,080 respondents over the course of three weeks, balancing responses by age, gender, income, race, sexuality and other factors in order to accurately represent the U.S. population. The study has a margin of error of +/- 2.8%.

The Breakdown: Americans Who’ve Had Sex on a First Date

By gender:

  • Male: 46%
  • Female: 23%

By sexuality:

  • Straight: 33%
  • Gay: 61%

By marital status:

  • Single, Never Married: 36%
  • Married: 31%
  • Divorced: 45%

By age:

  • 18 to 24: 22%
  • 25 to 34: 39%
  • 35 to 44: 39%
  • 45 to 54: 39%
  • 54 to 64: 34%
  • 65 and older: 25%

By race:

  • White: 33%
  • African-American: 33%
  • Hispanic: 39%
  • Asian: 16%

By income:

  • Under $25,000: 30%
  • $25,000 to $49,999: 35%
  • $50,000 to $74,999: 33%
  • $75,000 to $99,999: 40%
  • $100,000 to $124,999: 34%
  • $125,000 or higher: 34%

By region:

  • Northeast: 37%
  • Midwest: 30%
  • South: 33%
  • West: 38%

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