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Study finds that 60% of college students have had sex in a parked car.

Seriously, Science?By Seriously ScienceSeptember 27, 2016 3:00 PM
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Image: Flickr/Richard RileyMaking out in a parked car is a cliché that has been around for generations. And, at least according to this study, it's still relevant. In fact, these researchers found that 60% of both men and women at "a small Midwestern university" (psst! It's the University of South Dakota) have done "it" in a car. Not only that, but most of them liked it: "These data, including personal stories of memorable incidents, revealed that despite discomfort, body bumps, and risk of being caught, sex while parked was primarily a positive sexual and romantic experience for both men and women." Vroom vroom!Sexual Behavior in Parked Cars Reported by Midwestern College Men and Women. "In an anonymous survey of 195 men and 511 women (Mage = 19.8) at a small Midwestern university, 119 men (61%) and 303 women (59.5%) reported that they had engaged in sex while parked. Of these 422, 14% lost their virginity in a parked car. Having sex in parked cars was more likely to involve relational dating partners than hookups. In most recent incidents, the majority of respondents were with a serious but noncohabiting romantic partner (56.9%) in the back seat (63.4%) of a standard car (56.4%) parked out in the country (56.0%). The most common sexual acts were penile-vaginal sex and genital touching, reported by 84.6% and 57.5% of respondents, respectively. Condoms were used by 58.2% of respondents. Less than 1% of respondents reported sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy outcomes. These data, including personal stories of memorable incidents, revealed that despite discomfort, body bumps, and risk of being caught, sex while parked was primarily a positive sexual and romantic experience for both men and women. A dark side of parked-car sex existed in that 2.5% of men and 4.3% of women reported being sexually coerced. The future study of sex in parked cars in urban environments is recommended." Related content: Nearly 1 in 6 college students have had sex while driving.Science proves women who wax have better sex.Sex Differences in Approaching Friends with Benefits Relationships.

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