A new study by Replens™ has discovered that nearly half of UK adults over 60 feel more confident in their sexual relationships than before. And 1 in 5 state they’re much more confident now than when they were younger.
The study asked 1200 women and men aged 60 and over about their sex lives. The report found that:
Sex Over 60
39% of adults aged 60 or over say sex continues to be an important part of their relationships
45% say they are more at ease with sex and intimacy with the passing years, with 22% stating they are much more at ease
Sex and relationships expert Tracey Cox comments,
“Very few 60-year-olds are stepping back from a lusty life and heading outside to the garden. They’re continuing to enjoy a healthy, fulfilled sex life – and will do for many years on. Today’s post 60’s, are the Baby Boomers. They’re affluent, educated and tend to have a positive view of the world. It makes sense that they feel younger and are less inclined to consider themselves ‘past it’. They’re the sex and rock’n’roll generation: hedonists who aren’t afraid to push boundaries.”
Age and Confidence
“There’s a confidence that comes with age and experience. You worry less about what people think, you know your body and your sexual triggers and you’re not afraid to ask for what you want. The older you are, the less likely you are to worry your partner might judge you for asking for something a little risqué. Lots of mid-lifers are more sexually adventurous than they’ve ever been. Sex and intimacy keep you young – and this is why campaigns like ‘Sex Never Gets Old’ are so important. Couples who have regular sex feel more connected to their partner and rate their relationship happiness much higher than couples who don’t. It keeps us happy, it keeps us close, why on earth would we want to let sex or intimacy disappear from our lives?”
Over 50% of the people surveyed believe that society has a negative view of people their age enjoying sex and intimacy. 65% say they feel underrepresented in advertising. Overall, only 5% feel that people see them in a positive light. Just 9% disagree with the statement that their age group is poorly represented.
The Flames of Sex and Intimacy survey – by Replens™ with OnePoll