Attitude towards one-night stands


This week we will take a look at the attitude towards one-night stands in the United Kingdom. Once again, I have used data from the Natsal-3 survey which was conducted between 2010 and 2012. 

The Natsal surveys are some of the largest surveys of sexual behavior in the world. The surveys take place in Britain once every 10 years since 1990. The respondents are selected randomly and thus the results are broadly representative of the British general population. 

A one-night stand is defined as a single sexual encounter in which there is no expectation of any further relationship between the sexual participants. 

As can be clearly seen on the chart above, men are more open towards one-night stands than women are. There is also a clear correlation between positive attitude rate and age. Men aged 16-24 and 25-34 share the same positive attitude rate on one-night stands, as 34% of both age groups have responded with "rarely wrong/not wrong at all". From there on out, the positive attitude rate diminishes little by little until it reached a low of 15% on the 65-74-year-olds. 

The same doesn't apply for women, as younger women take a more negative stance than their older counterparts. Just 17% of women aged 16-24 find one-night stands to be "rarely wrong/not wrong at all" which is an even lower rate than that of men aged 55-64. Women aged 25-34 and 35-44 have a more positive view with 24% and 21% respectively, with the positive attitude dropping steeply as women get older, reaching a low of 4% on the 65-74-year-olds. That's 3.75 times less than men of the same age group. 

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