RECENT SEX SURVEY FINDINGS
Let us now turn to the results of these more recent surveys. A complete description of the results from each individual survey is beyond the scope of this book (several of the surveys reviewed above were themselves reported in book length). Furthermore, such a complete description of the results is probably inappropriate because of some conflicting findings. It must be remembered that these surveys were completed in several different decades by different investigators and that most, if not all of the studies, used some questionable methodological procedures. Additionally, it is possible that people today are simply more willing to report engaging in certain behaviors than they were earlier. Thus, we must be especially careful about drawing conclusions when comparing these various surveys. Nevertheless, some consistent findings have emerged and we will review them briefly here. The interested student is referred to the original publications for more detailed information.
One general finding is that Americans living in the 1960s and 1970s appear to be more open than twenty or thirty years ago about their sexuality and to engage in a wider variety of sexual behaviors. Open and honest communication about sexual matters, particularly between sexual partners, is more the norm than it was in Kinsey's era. Studies have suggested that the more communication there is in a relationship the more likely that relationship is to be judged as "good" by the participants. More people are also experimenting with a variety of ways of sexual expression, such as oral-genital techniques and anal stimulation.
Although such techniques are far from being universal, they do appear to be more prevalent than they were a generation ago.
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