Science of Love, Sex, and Babies

Where in the world to have a fling

Posted in news by jenapincott on December 4, 2008

90937I devoted a page or so of BLONDES to places in the world where people are most promiscuous, based on the findings of the International Sexuality Description Project (IDSP). Now here’s an addendum — a new study, also by the IDSP, that has found links between national character and sexuality based on surveys taken by more than 13,000 people in 46 nations. The researchers found that nations vary in character — for instance, some have more “extroverted” and “neurotic” cultures than others.

Unsurprisingly, extroversion is linked with promiscuity, and men and women in “introverted” nations — South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, and Ethiopia — reported less promiscuity and desire for flings. Women who scored highest on both extroversion and promiscuity tend to be from Europe — in particular, Serbia, Croatia, Switzerland, and Austria. Extroverts were also more likely to “poach” mates, i.e. steal another person’s partner.

Neuroticism (defined by anxiety and high stress) was another factor, and countries with the highest scores on this count — Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong — had fewer people reporting or desiring flings than those in the relatively laidback countries of Finland, Slovenia, Croatia, and New Zealand. However, there’s a notable exception to the rule: North American women who scored high in neuroticism were more likely to be promiscuous.

As the researchers themselves point out, there are limitations to the study. For one, some nations might be more truthful in surveys than others, or have different conceptions of promiscuity and short-term relationships. Perhaps “conscientious, neurotic, introverted” nations such as Japan are actually more promiscuous than one might imagine….


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  1. tumbleweed67 said, on December 12, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Blondes? Never did a thing for my eye, but have to admit that there seems to be a greater propensity toward fun among blondes than Brunettes. I’m just more attracted, visually, brunettes. As for blondes being dumb. Never. it’s a myth. Tumbleweed67

  2. Viviann said, on January 2, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    I was surprised not to see Tallinn, Estonia not mentioned as a destination for blondes. This city has a reputation for beautiful blonde women.

  3. […] We’ve all met people with whom we’d love to fall in love, but something’s off or something ’s missing — we call it lack of chemistry. Genes, hormones, and instincts influence our dating lives in ways we might not even be aware of or fully understand. I think these biological biases vary from person to person. For instance, hormonal effects may be stronger in some people than in others, and they lessen with age — teens and twenty-somethings may be more hormonally motivated than older people. Some people may have genes that are associated with commitment problems, as some recent studies have shown. Other genes have been found to influence body odor smells that in turn influence attraction. Personality is also a factor — for example, studies have found that extroverts generally have more lovers than introverts. […]

  4. Lucy said, on March 17, 2009 at 4:59 am

    well.. really the best place would surely be a holiday resort in spain 😛 alll the girls think f”’
    but if you wanted a foreign girl serbia is a good bet. or russia maybe!

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