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Extroverts may have more sex, according to new research. - photo AFP
Extroverts may have more sex, according to new research. – photo AFP

Queensland, November 23 – New Australian research has found that men and women who are more outgoing may have more sex than their more introverted colleagues.

Conducted by researchers at the Queensland University of Technology, the study analyzed data collected from 2,998 heterosexual men and 1,480 heterosexual women who participated in the 2016 Australian Sex Survey.

The participants answered a series of sociodemographic questions, as well as completing the BIG 5 personality test, which is currently the most accepted personality system, measuring the levels of extroversion, kindness, neuroticism, conscientiousness and openness to experience.

The results, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, showed that for both men and women a higher level of extraversion was associated with a higher level of sexual frequency, a result that is also consistent with previous research.

In addition, for men, a wide variety of personality traits, in particular being more conscientious, more emotionally stable, more pleasant, and more extroverted, was also linked to more sexual activity.

Greater extroversion or lesser openness in men was also associated with having more children.

However, only the "nicer" women had more children.

The findings suggest that particular combinations of personality traits can give males an advantage when looking for a partner and reproducing themselves, but not necessarily females.

"Throughout history, competitive advantages have helped men and women to become more successful in their occupation, sport, artistic endeavors, their ability to acquire and secure resources, and ultimately their survival," explains researcher Dr. Stephen Whyte.

"However, little is known about the advantages or disadvantages that personality traits provide in relation to sexual activity and the success of the offspring. Science does not have a firm grasp on how personality traits influence human sexual and reproductive behavior, and particularly whether certain personality types are favored by males or females. "

"Our findings suggest that greater variation in male traits and their particular combinations may provide an advantage for them when it comes to sex and reproduction, but this does not appear to be the case with the women we review," he said. – AFP-Relaxnews


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