Love & Sex

Romantic love and sexuality considers a broad spectrum of the human experience. While this topic is somewhat universal, there are a multitude of ways in which people can experience and identify themselves sexually and romantically. Movements to recognize and respect this diversity have subsequently gained widespread support in modern times.

Number of countries where same-sex marriage is legal
Share of heterosexual couples in U.S that met online
Average sexual partners worldwide

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Love and sex in the Netherlands


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Sexual partners

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Average number of sexual partners in selected countries worldwide in 2005
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The number of sexual partners an individual has in their lifetime varies considerably among individuals. What a person considers to be too few or too many sexual partners is also heavily associated with personal beliefs and the culture in which they come from.

European average sexual partners
Number of sexual partners in China among young adults
Number of sexual partners in France among young adults


Trends toward acceptance continue
Do you think marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized by law as valid?
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There is a clear long-term trend in many countries towards the acceptance and recognition of different sexual orientations and gender identities, with less progressive views becoming increasingly unacceptable and marginalized. One of the most visible ways of this progress is in the advancement of same-sex marriage, which is now legal in 29 jurisdictions, compared with zero at the start of the century.

Americans who identify as LGBT
Approval of same-sex marriage in South Korea
Same-sex marriage by age group in England & Wales

Dating in the 2020s

More couples meeting online
Percentage of online users in the United States who have or know someone who has met a romantic partner on a dating website or app as of January 2019
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Long-term partners can meet in a variety of different ways, such as through family or friends, at a social occasion, or via the workplace. Increasingly, however, couples are primarily meeting via the internet with this avenue quickly becoming one of the dominant way that couples meet in the United States.

Most popular US dating apps
China market volume of online dating
How Russians met their partners

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This category at Statista includes a figures, statistics, surveys and data on relationships, sexuality and sexual orientation, first loves, monogamy and polygamy, as well as faithful partners and cheaters. Additionally, it also provides you with the latest general benchmark figures on love and sex.


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