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Religious people have higher levels of sexual satisfaction – despite having less sex, study shows

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While you may think the amount of sex you have affects your sexual satisfaction, a new study suggests that may not be the case — at least not for those with strong religious beliefs.

Researchers from the University of Exeter found that more religious people have higher sexual satisfaction despite having less sex.

Since religious individuals are less likely to engage in casual sex and more likely to limit sexual activity to a relationship based on love, this can lead to lower expectations of sexual activity outside of a formal commitment, as well as greater satisfaction with sex life in the community. general. said Dr. Vegard Skirbekk, co-author of the study.

University of Exeter researchers found that more religious people have higher sexual satisfaction despite having less sex (stock image)

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In the study, the team sought to understand whether the frequency of sex has an impact on sexual satisfaction.

dr. Nitzan Peri-Rotem, co-author of the study, said: ‘The relationship between sex frequency and sexual satisfaction is not simple or straightforward.

“Across all types of relationships, too little or too much sex is associated with lower sexual satisfaction, suggesting an optimum exists in terms of frequency associated with higher levels of satisfaction.”

The researchers used data from 15,162 men and women aged 18 to 59 from the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles.

Eleven percent of male respondents and 16 percent of female respondents said religion was important to them, while more than two-thirds had never attended a religious service.

Half were married, 17 percent lived with a partner and a fifth did not have a stable partner.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the results revealed that participants who indicated that religion was important in their lives had less sex, driven largely by abstinence.

Despite having less sex, these participants reported being more satisfied with their sex lives overall.

However, the results showed that having no or many sexual partners is associated with lower sexual satisfaction.

And participants who said they approve of casual sex were also found to be less satisfied.

Married women who were more religious reported higher sexual satisfaction than their less religious peers, although this was not the case for married men.

dr. Skirbekk said: ‘It is possible that religious feelings about the sanctity of sex within marriage, as well as disapproval of sex outside marriage, are more important for the sexual satisfaction of women than for the sexual satisfaction of men.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the results revealed that participants who indicated that religion was important in their lives had less sex, largely driven by abstinence (stock image)

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the results revealed that participants who indicated that religion was important in their lives had less sex, largely driven by abstinence (stock image)

‘This is also apparent from the relatively higher sexual satisfaction among men who live together religiously, when all other variables were kept constant, while no comparable relationship was found in cohabiting women.’

The results also revealed a significant association between education, sexual frequency and satisfaction.

Highly educated respondents reported having sex less often and lower sexual satisfaction than those with lower qualifications.

“Research suggests that changes in sexual behavior should be understood in a context of changes in religious norms and beliefs and other trends at the societal level,” added Dr. Peri Rotem.

Delaying unionization is associated with less frequent sex, while also increasing exposure to casual sex in people of weaker religious orientation.

‘For women, it appears that having no sexual partners, as well as having ten or more lifelong sexual partners, is associated with lower sex life satisfaction.

‘In men, on the other hand, no relationship was found between the number of lifelong sexual partners and sexual satisfaction.

‘However, the disapproval of sex without love and casual sex is associated with higher sex life satisfaction in both men and women.

‘While sexual satisfaction initially increases with sex frequency, it decreases again with a greater number of sex occasions.

“Therefore, having ‘too much’ sex can lead to lower sex life satisfaction.”

ARE WE GOING TO A GODLESS FUTURE?

Graham Lawton, author of the new book ‘How to be human?‘ suggests that as our lives become more stable, society could become ‘godless’ as our need for religion fades.

When children come into contact with religion, Lawson argues, they find the explanation it offers intuitively appealing and believable — making them born believers — but this instinct is squeezed out of them by education.

The author claimed that the reason people continue to believe it is because “they haven’t thought about it that hard.”

While the future will be increasingly secular, humans will never completely lose the goddess instinct.

As long as there is existential uncertainty, Lawton argues that religion won’t go away completely – even though he thinks some things in the Bible are “just crazy.”

People cling to moral guidance and existential comfort and don’t let go easily, he said.

His comments are based on the cognitive theory of religion which holds that belief is a by-product of our cognitive equipment.

Our brain is ready to see meaning everywhere, which helps us make sense of random events.

Kids love the idea that there is order and design in the world and it’s actually helpful because it allows them to reason about potential threats we can’t see, for example a predator lurking in a nearby bush.

According to Mr. Lawton, while this is an evolutionary advantage, it also facilitates the build-up of delusions and a “sense of rightness.”

“Being a true atheist and rejecting all religious ideas is not humanly possible – we will still fill that gap with something,” said Mr Lawton.

As long as there is existential uncertainty, Lawton argues that religion will not disappear completely.

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