New Survey Says Seniors Are More Sexually Satisfied Than Younger Adults

Those over 55 could teach millennials a thing or two!

According to a new survey, older adults are having way more fun in the bedroom than you might think. The sex toy company LoveHoney recently polled over 3,000 adults in America, Australia, and the U.K., and found that an impressive 95 percent of those aged 55 and older said that they've been sexually fulfilled, while only 68 percent of 18-24 year-olds could say the same.

Just under half of folks 65 and older also reported climaxing every time they have sex, which was the highest percentage among any of the age demographics surveyed. All in all, the research dispels the myth that older adults aren't interested in sex, and suggests that—when it comes to sexual satisfaction—there's no substitute for experience.

Wednesday Martin, a cultural anthropologist and the author of Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free, explains why older women in particular may be the driving force behind increased sexual satisfaction among seniors.

"When women are in our 20s, the message we are bombarded with repeatedly is that we are there to sexually please heterosexual men," Martin told Best Life. "As we age, we become more entitled to receive rather than merely provide pleasure. We know our bodies better, and know what we like sexually, and we have more experience asking for what we want. In our 50s and beyond, many women find ourselves with more power than ever before. Older women, in my informed view, are helping close the gendered pleasure gap! This is the great, untold story of the upside to women aging in America."

Sammi Cole, Lovehoney's sex and relationship's expert, noted in the report that the highest spike in those who have never had an orgasm was among 18-24 year olds. According to Cole, "Learning what you enjoy and how your body responds can take years, and even for those who know how to reach the big 'O' with ease, sharing that information with a partner requires a certain level of comfort and respect that many don't experience until later in life. "

The Lovehoney survey's findings align with a 2018 University of Michigan study that found that 40 percent of people aged 65 to 80 are sexually active, and 73 percent of them are satisfied with their sex lives. Sounds like we should stop calling them your twilight years and start calling them your sunlight years—since things are looking pretty bright!

And for more on why this is something to really celebrate, check out The Amazing Benefit of Having Sex As You Get Older.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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