We all do strange things to increase our chances of scoring. Men douse themselves in pungent lakes of cologne; women wear shoes so painful they might as well replace waterboarding. But your fate may already be sealed by genetics.
A new study from Chapman University polled the average number of sex partners from 60,058 men and women, and paired that data along with physical characteristics. In case you want to know where you stack up, the average "Number"—as in "I'll tell you my Number if you tell me yours"—for most people is 8. I'll give you a moment to either wallow or pat yourself on the back.
Here's where it gets interesting: shorter men experienced a lower median number of partners, more like 5. There wasn't overwhelming evidence to support the fact that taller men get more action, but being short doesn't help. Body Mass Index plays a role, too.
David Frederick, Ph.D., lead author on the study and professor at Chapman stated in response to his paper, “Normal weight men and overweight men reported the most sex partners, and underweight men reported the least....Men who appear somewhat larger, more powerful, or more athletic generally report more sexual experiences than other men.”
Not shocking, but now confirmed by science. If you're short and shrimpy, it might be harder for you to ride the freak train to Hump City. Such a shame, I hear it's lovely this time of year.
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