“I believe in sex on a first date. Otherwise how do you know if a second date is worth the effort?”
So said our cheeky Jacki Weaver in her 2005 memoir Much Love, Jac, which chronicled her acting career, her approach to life, her four marriages, and three de facto relationships.
Now it seems Jacki, 65, might not have been speaking only for herself. According to the latest data released in the RSVP Date of the Nation 2012 Report*, Australians over 51 are the most likely to have sex on the first date.
The report says: “Although two to four dates is the average number of meetings before getting into bed, Australians aged over 51 years are the most likely age group to have sex on the first date.”
Twenty one percent of over 51 singles would have sex on the first date, compared to only 14 percent of Gen X (age 31-50), and 14 percent of Gen Y (18-30).
On a more serious note, the report also showed that single people over 51 years are more likely to have had unprotected sex in a one night stand at some stage in their life (61 percent) compared to 49 percent of Gen X and 42 percent of Gen Y.
This detail is at the core of a new Family Planning NSW campaign targeting STIs in over 40s. According to Dr Deborah Bateson, Medical Director of Family Planning NSW, since 2005 the number of new Chlamydia cases in people aged 40 and above has doubled.
This may be, she said, due to the greater numbers of Australians meeting new sexual partners later in life, and that there had been an absence of safe sex campaigns in this age group.
“People may feel somewhat “invincible” at this later stage of life or, in the case of women who have gone through menopause, they don’t have the added incentive of using condoms to prevent an unintended pregnancy.”
*The RSVP Date of the Nation report is an annual study into the behaviours and attitudes of Australians when it comes to dating, sex, and relationships. It surveys over 3200 respondents.
Do you find these statistics surprising? What’s your experience?