Collating data from two surveys conducted by Durex Condoms, we know have a much clearer picture of the sexual habits of countries around the world. From the countries with the most to least exciting sex lives, to which countries feel most respected, and which countries have the highest rate of STI’s, we now know it all.
Vox.com reported on two surveys conducted by Latex giant Durex, and the results are as follows…
Mexico is the MOST sexually satisfied country in the world:
Japan is the most BORING country in the world when it comes to sex:
Everyone in Turkey (well, ~50% of citizens) has had an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection)
The data comes from two surveys done by Durex, the condom folks. Their Sexual Wellbeing Survey (from 2007/2008) and Face of Global Sex (2012) are methodologically rigorous. A polling firm, Harris Interactive, set up large sample size online polls designed to capture a representative sample of heterosexual sex-havers from a number of countries around the world.
One item of note: the Nigerian interviews were done in person, not online like the rest of the surveys. That may introduce some bias in the result: imagine how much harder it would be to tell a live person rather than a computer that your sex life is kinda meh.
But what’s up with Mexico? Well, one thing that Durex found is that people tend to be much happier with their sex lives when they feel respected during the act. And Mexicans feel more respected than anyone else in the world.
Respect during sex doesn’t fully explain excitement on its own, or else Spain would would be a whole lot more excited. But it makes sense that it explains part of what makes a country more excited about sex. Spain, for instance, might have lower levels of sexual excitement, somewhere down near France or Britain’s level, if it weren’t so damn self-respecting. Mexico’s super-high respect rate may explain its edge over some other highly excited countries.
Finally, Japan’s results are very sad. Only 10 percent of Japanese people report exciting sex. That’s less than a third of the next-lowest, Hong Kong’s, at 32.
Sexually transmitted infections are not fun. And in most places, people either don’t seem to have them or won’t tell pollsters they have them. Except for Turkey.
This map actually understates Turkey’s personal problems. 55 percent of Turks reported never having an STI; the next worst country, Russia, is a full 12 points higher.
Again, it could be that there’s something wrong with the data. Perhaps Turks are more honest or more paranoid than everyone else. But Durex data from 2007, five years before the recent Global Face report, suggests another explanation. Turks reported more sex partners than any other country in the world, and were doing it unprotected about 45 percent of the time.
Dammit Turkey, get it together. If STI’s are running rampant in your culture there’s NO REASON to avoid wrapping it up. I’m ashamed of you.
For complete study results and more charts you can click through HERE to Vox.