Here's Where Your Neighbors Like to Have Sex
BOSTON ( MainStreet) Do Americans prefer lovemaking in the living room or getting frisky in the foyer?
Property-listing site Movoto.com, which specializes in applying real research methods to offbeat housing topics , recently polled some 300 people to ask: "Where is the best place to have sex in a house?"
"We were throwing out ideas of what kind of surveys we wanted to do and we realized this was the kind of thing that you'd want to talk about if you were going to a dinner party," Movoto's Chris Kolmar says.
The site surveyed 345 Americans via Amazon's Mechanical Turk, an Amazon service that connects companies to the public for simple "crowdsourcing" efforts such as conducting polls. Respondents remained anonymous, but did give their ages, genders and other demographic information.
Kolmar, who holds a bachelor's degree in mathematical economics, says the survey's sample group ranged in age from 18 to 69 and had a few more males and educated people than the U.S. average. (Men made up 63% of those taking the poll vs. 48.5% of all Americans, while an above-average 98% of those polled had graduated high school and 38% held at least bachelor's degrees.)
"Our data set skewed younger and probably more tech-savvy, but the results were so amazingly consistent among all ages and demographics of respondents that I wouldn't be afraid to go to an academic conference and tell people about them," Kolmar says.
Click below to check out which rooms survey participants told Movoto are the best places in a home to have sex. (Total results equal more than 100% due to rounding.)
First place: The bedroom
Percent of respondents who favor it: 51%
Perhaps not surprisingly, more than half of poll respondents picked the bedroom as their favorite place for romance a disappointment to Kolmar, who personally favors the living room.
"I was expecting more-ridiculous answers like: 'I like to have sex outside while upside-down,' but we got a lot of 'regular' answers instead," he says. "The results went against all of my preconceptions."
In fact, the bedroom ranked as the No. 1 choice for sex regardless of survey participants' ages, genders or educational achievement.
Slightly more males (52%) than females (49%) did pick the bedroom, but Kolmar doesn't consider the difference statistically significant.
But he does see some significance in the fact that just 38% of respondents with graduate degrees favor the bedroom the smallest showing of any demographic group surveyed.
Kolmar attributes the difference to the fact that highly educated people (at least the ones he knows) tend to be more liberal and non-conformist.
"I have a bunch of friends who are getting Ph.D.s and they're definitely a little more eccentric than usual," he says. "So, I can definitely see them not sticking to the norms of society when it comes to sex."