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Southerners 8% More Likely to Do This During Sex

Hayley Matthews

Written by: Hayley Matthews

Hayley Matthews

Hayley has over 10 years of experience overseeing content strategy, social media engagement, and article opportunities. She has also written hundreds of informational and entertaining blog posts. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Bustle, Cosmo, the Huffington Post, AskMen, and Entrepreneur. When she's not writing about dating news, relationship advice, or her fantasy love affair with Leonardo DiCaprio, she enjoys listening to The Beatles, watching Harry Potter reruns, and drinking IPAs.

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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.


Most of us have heard of Southern hospitality, but does that politeness also come through in the bedroom when a partner isn’t getting the job done? Maybe so.

DatingAdvice.com’s latest in-house study found 40 percent of Southerners have faked an orgasm.

While those living in the South were just as likely to fake it as those living in the Northeast, they were 8 and 3 percent more likely to do so than those living in the West and Midwest, respectively.

When it came to gender, 55 percent of Southern women said they’ve pretended to reach climax, while only 23 percent of Southern men have.

“Southerners were 8 percent more

likely to fake it than Westerners.” 

Rachel Dack, DatingAdvice.com’s women’s dating expert, said this particular statistic backs up what previous studies have found about women faking orgasms.

“This study (and others with similar data) symbolizes the need for communication between partners about what women like or need in the bedroom to orgasm,” she said. “In a healthy relationship, men should also not be afraid to ask.”

Divorcees and middle-aged Americans also were among the most likely groups to answer in the affirmative.

More than half of divorced respondents have fibbed the amount of sexual pleasure they were having, but just less than one-third of singles have.

Sixty percent of Americans aged 45 to 54 have faked an orgasm – twice the rate of Americans aged 18 to 24.

In terms of the least likely groups, Asian men and women were among the top, as only 25 percent admitted to putting on an act in the bedroom compared to 44 percent of African-American men and women.

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: 

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