|04-17-2007, 10:56 AM||#1|
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Australians are lousy in bed
AUSTRALIA may produce some of the world's best sportspeople, but their lovers are "pretty middle of the road", a new survey has found.
The Global Sexual Wellbeing Survey of 26,000 people in 26 nations, sponsored by condom-maker Durex, found Australians were having sex twice a week on average but fewer than half said they were fully satisfied by their encounters.
The phone survey estimated Australians had sex 106 times a year, slightly above the global average and more than twice the rate of Japan.
But the nation paled in comparison to the virile Greeks and Brazilians, who did the deed 164 time and 145 times a year on average respectively.
New Zealanders also performed better, with 122 annual encounters, and they beat Australia on sexual satisfaction rankings.
Aussies as satisfied as Brits
The survey found only 42 per cent of Australians were fully satisfied with their sex lives - a tenth-equal ranking alongside China, Switzerland and the UK.
They were a long way behind the most satisfied countries - Nigeria, Mexico and India, which all registered above 60 per cent.
Brisbane-based sexologist, Gabrielle Morrissey, said Australia appeared to be performing "pretty middle of the road" in the bedroom.
"In the teacher's model we'd probably get a B-plus," Dr Morrissey said.
"We're above average, doing OK, but there's serious room for improvement."
Not bad in the orgasm stakes
The country performed best in the realm of orgasms, with 58 per cent claiming to climax regularly - 7th place ahead of New Zealand and the British, but behind the US, Brazil and Greece.
But sex was a speedy affair, with the average Australian spending just 17 minutes at a time on "lovemaking" - a ranking of 17th.
"That's a very short period compared to the time we're prepared to devote to other activities like surfing the net or watching TV, and that's a worry," Dr Morrissey said.
More time, less stress needed
The statistics showed Australians were allowing stress and hectic lifestyles to impact on their sex lives.
Two in five believed more time with their partners and a higher sex drive could boost satisfaction levels, while a similar number wanted more tenderness and romance.
Three in ten said they would like more fun in the bedroom.
"That's all very well but there seems to be a real disconnect between what we want and what we're willing to shift around in our lives to get it," Dr Morrissey said.