81% of Americans Have Never Had a Threesome

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.

Edited by: Lillian Castro

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This is an exclusive study conducted by DatingAdvice.com, which surveyed respondents over the course of three weeks to reflect an accurate representation of the U.S. population.

Watching movies and TV shows might give you the impression that threesomes are as common in everyday life as junk mail.

In reality, however, threesomes are viewed as mythical to some, hard to imagine for others and frequent for few. They do happen – just not that often.

In fact, in a recent DatingAdvice.com study, more than eight in 10 Americans said they have never been in a threesome.

At 89 percent versus 74 percent, women were more likely to have never experienced this sexual situation than men.

Among the most likely demographics to say they have never doubled-up beneath the sheets was Asians and seniors.

Ninety-two percent of Asian-Americans answered no to the question, “Have you ever been in a threesome?” compared to 77 percent of African-Americans.

“Eight in 10 Americans have

never been in a threesome.”

Americans aged 65 and older had a similar response to that same question at 91 percent, which was significantly lower than the 76 percent of Americans aged 25 to 34 who answered no.

In terms of marital status, married respondents had a  77 percent higher likelihood of never having participated in a three-way than singles and divorcees.

The widest gap seems to be among homosexuals and their straight counterparts, as heterosexual men and women were almost twice as likely to report never being in a threesome than gay men and lesbian women.

The research also shows income and region play a big part in who has and who hasn’t invited a third person into their bedroom.

Three-fourths of those earning between $50,000 and $74,999 every year have not, while almost nine in 10 of those making $125,000 or more on an annual basis have not.

For whatever reason, more study participants living in the Northeast (81 percent), the South (84 percent) and the Midwest (84 percent) have yet to take part in a threesome than those from the West (76 percent).

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  Haven’t Had a Threesome

By gender:

  • Male: 74%
  • Female: 89%

By sexuality:

  • Straight: 84%
  • Gay: 49%

By marital status:

  • Single, Never Married: 78%
  • Married: 84%
  • Divorced: 78%

By age:

  • 18 to 24: 85%
  • 25 to 34: 76%
  • 35 to 44: 77%
  • 45 to 54: 78%
  • 54 to 64: 85%
  • 65 and older: 91%

By race:

  • White: 82%
  • African-American: 77%
  • Hispanic: 79%
  • Asian: 92%

By income:

  • Under $25,000: 81%
  • $25,000 to $49,999: 84%
  • $50,000 to $74,999: 76%
  • $75,000 to $99,999: 80%
  • $100,000 to $124,999: 78%
  • $125,000 or higher: 86%

By region:

  • Northeast: 81%
  • Midwest: 84%
  • South: 84%
  • West: 76%

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