This week, we announced our massive Sex Survey results. More than 10,000 people responded from all around the world, but by far the biggest numbers came from the US and Britain. We are, as they say, two nations divided by a shared language, but there are more differences between our great nations than chips vs fries, according to our findings at least. Using a handful of these, we've built some fascinating comparisons between the countries.
A new portrait emerges: Americans love sex on drugs more than Brits, but we over here are more likely to regard sex "important or very important". There are six whole percentage points between porn consumption – only 24% of Americans never watch porn, while 30% of Brits swear off it. DIY-loving Britain is 14% more likely to have had their sex life recorded (though, hashtag American Dream, US respondents would be slightly more willing to appear on camera if they were paid for it). Most significant of all, perhaps, is the finding that 8% more Americans believe that technology has made their sex life more neurotic. See the results below, and slide back and forth to switch sides of the pond.
UK and US differences
US respondents are more likely to watch porn: only 24% of Americans never watch it, compared with 30% of Brits, with almost the double the percentage of people who watch it more than 11 times a week.
Yet UK respondents are more likely to have shot their own porno: just 32% of Americans have created their own mucky movie, versus a whopping 46% of Brits.
The UK is marginally more into sex on the whole: 76% describe it as important or very important, compared to the US’s 72%
However, respondents in the US are much more likely to have had sex on drugs: 46% said sex was better high compared to Britain's comparatively sober 35%.
Americans are significantly more likely to have had sex with more than one person in a day: 73% said they have or would like to, while only 66% of Brits would like to double up.
One of the biggest differences was in perception: tech is more likely to be seen as neurotic in the States. Britons were marginally more likely to say that technology had made their sex lives more erotic, and much more likely to say it had had no effect.