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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Survey Says Shopping Rivals Sex in America

MIAMI -- Sex beats riding the space shuttle or being president for a day, but half of all Americans would rather go on a free shopping spree, a survey published last week showed.


Americans love to make love -- they are edged out only by the French in the 14-nation survey. But when asked to choose between sex and an unlimited shopping spree on someone else's gold credit card, 57 percent of American women found the latter option more appealing. For men it was 42 percent, giving a full 50 percent who would rather be shopping, the survey said.


British-owned condom manufacturer Durex asked 1,055 U.S. men and women over 18 years old to talk about sex-related issues as part of a survey of almost 10,000 people in 14 countries.


The U.S. part of the survey found that more than half of Americans would rather make love than be a guest on the next space shuttle, and 50 percent would rather make love than be president of the United States for a day.


Among other findings, the survey said 71 percent of American men were satisfied with the size of their partner's breasts and 73 percent were happy with the size of their own sexual organ. By contrast, 57 percent of U.S. women were happy with their own breast size and 58 percent were satisfied with the size of their partner's sexual organ.


The global poll found that Americans were making love an average 148 times a year in 1997, second only to the French who averaged 151 times.