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HOLLYWOOD, FL (October 7, 2013) — A global survey conducted over the weekend of 469 adult men and women revealed that more than half a century after Masters and Johnson began publishing their landmark studies on human sexuality, many myths about sex remain widely held beliefs.

Many myths about sex remain widely held beliefs, especially among younger adults. Older adults scored much better.

Overall, the study of 469 adult men and women conducted online by the nonprofit PAIRS Foundation, a marriage and relationship education training company, found more than 50% of respondents continue to accept nine popular sex myths as facts, including:

  1. If you love each other and communicate, everything will go fine sexually. (55%)
  2. Sex and love are two sides of the same coin. (52%)
  3. If you have a good sexual relationship, you will have a fulfilling experience each time you have sex (63%)
  4. If one or both partners become aroused, intercourse must follow or there will be frustration. (55%)
  5. The most common female sexual problem is pain during intercourse. (54%)
  6. Simultaneous orgasms provide the most erotic pleasure. (75%)
  7. Clitoral orgasms are superior to vaginal orgasms. (53%)
  8. Male-on-top is the most natural position for intercourse. (65%)
  9. People are doing much better sexually than the previous generation. (58%)

Older is Wiser

The study, which included a large percentage of respondents from North Africa and the Middle East, found women more likely than men to believe sex myths, with 50% or more rating 11 of 25 myths as facts.

Younger people were less able to discern sex myths from facts; more than half of 18-24 year olds scored 14 of 25 myths as true compared to 10 of 25 for respondents 45 and older.

Respondents 55 and older scored just five of 25 sex myths as true, indicating that when it comes to separating sex facts from fiction, older remains wiser.

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Seth D. Eisenberg is President/CEO of the nonprofit PAIRS Foundation, an industry leader in evidence-based marriage and relationship education since 1983.