The NOW Love & Sex Survey 2016: We asked, you answered

Netflix and pigeons and Catholics, oh my


When we ran our first sex survey in 2003, the internet was “the Net,” “cyber-sex” was a hyphenated word and “transgendered” – in the past tense – was an ­acceptable way to identify. We also took entries by mail. Mail!

Some things, however, have not changed as much: We still fuck. We still date. We still find love and ­romance in unexpected places. 

And when those aren’t available (and also when they are), we quite enjoy masturbation.

Thank you for sharing your humblebrags, embarrassments and light traumas with us for this, the 14th annual survey. As a reward, we have published a photo of a cat with a bow tie. He looks very distinguished.

Below are your answers to the multiple-choice questions. But you should keep on clicking, because that’s only the beginning.

How old are you?

  • 18 or under – 0.7%
  • 19-25 – 13.6%
  • 26-35 – 42.1%
  • 36-45 – 20.6%
  • 46-55 – 14.6%
  • 56-69 – 7.8%
  • 70 or older – 0.7%

How do you identify your gender?

  • male – 48.6%
  • female – 48.1%
  • trans male – 0.7%
  • trans female – 0.4%
  • genderqueer – 1.1%
  • two-spirited – 0.4%
  • not captured by the above – 0.8% – including: J’naii, agender, gender fluid and Sexy Lobster 

How would you describe your sexual orientation?

  • straight – 68.8%
  • gay – 6.4%
  • lesbian – 2.8%
  • bisexual – 11.5%
  • pansexual – 3.6%
  • asexual – 0.9%
  • queer, though not necessarily any of the above – 4.1%
  • other – 1.9% – including: multisexual, Pokesexual (into Pokémon), partnercentric (monogamous and non-gender-specific partnership based on mutual desire), heteroflexible, demi-sexual, straight demi-asexual and bisexual compulsive

How would you describe your current relationship status (or lack thereof)?

  • single by choice – 13.4%
  • single by circumstance – 17.9%
  • in a relationship – 29.1%
  • in multiple relationships – 3.7%
  • de facto married (i.e., cohabiting for at least a year but not formally hitched) – 9.8%
  • actually married – 6.2%

How often do you go on dates?

  • several times a week – 5.5%
  • weekly – 23.9%
  • monthly – 23.4%
  • annually – 5.5%
  • less often, if ever – 15.9%
  • at this point, thinking of our nights out as “dates” just kinda feels weird – 25.8%

How often do you have sex with another person (or people)?

  • daily – 1.9%
  • a few times a week – 25.6%
  • weekly – 28.1%
  • monthly – 20.6%
  • annually – 5.7%
  • it’s yet to happen with any measurable regularity – 18.2%
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How often do you masturbate?

  • multiple times a day – 9.3%
  • two to four times a week – 46.3%
  • weekly – 23.4%
  • monthly – 7.9%
  • seldom – 9.8%
  • never – 3.4%

How often do you orgasm?

  • all the fucking time (more than once a day) – 12.5%
  • a good amount (a few times a week) – 51.3%
  • as one does (weekly or so) – 21.9%
  • now and again (monthly) – 6.6%
  • whenever (seldom) – 4.3%
  • ugh (never) – 3.4%

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For you, polyamory is:

  • something to which you’d be open – 24.3%
  • pretty much your current situation – 11.5%
  • a fond memory – 7.3%
  • an unfortunate memory – 4.2%
  • not an especially attractive option – 39.6%
  • kind of an oppressive concept – 5.9%
  • a synthetic resin in which the polymer units are linked by ester groups – 7.3%

How far would you travel for a date?

  • front door – 1.5%
  • within the neighbourhood – 2.2%
  • within your general part of the city – 27.1%
  • within city limits – 38.0%
  • anywhere in the region – 21.5%
  • time and space are no object to me, for I am beyond the dimensional plane – 9.8%

Netflix and _____

  • chill – 49.5%
  • The Big Chill – 5.0%
  • One Tree Hill – 2.0%
  • Hill Street Blues – 2.7%
  • Blue Is The Warmest Colour – 14.3%
  • I don’t know what’s going on. – 26.5%

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If you’ve incorporated a food into sex, into which basic group did it primarily fall?

  • dairy – 6.8%
  • meat – 2.9%
  • fruit and vegetables – 22.7%
  • breads and grains – 1.3%
  • junk (including candy, chocolate, and other ingestible substances of negligible nutritional value) – 35.9%
  • The kitchen has no place in the bedrooms of the nation, or at least not in mine. – 30.4%
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Snapchat.

  • Oh God, just seeing that word makes me feel old. – 61.9%
  • Discreet sexting has never been easier! – 12.4%
  • I actually use it for other things, thanks. – 25.7%

To what extent has your family — up to and including parents — affected your views on commitment?

  • A lot, probably. – 40.9%
  • A bit, I guess. – 25.7%
  • Not consciously, anyway. – 16.3%
  • Oh goodness, not at all. – 11.3%
  • This is a terrifying thing to contemplate. – 5.8%

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When you begin a relationship, do you have an end game in mind?

  • Nope, just happy to go along for the ride. – 58.4%
  • Yeah, settling down indefinitely seems nice. – 32.2%
  • I intend to pass my genetic material through the generations. Also, kids are cute. – 9.4%

Continue to the next page in the Love & Sex Survey Results here.

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