Study Sheds Light Into The Sex Lives of Single Parents

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 10/10/2014 | 11:00 AM EDT

New research finds that single moms have high frequency of sexual activity and first dates

Though it’s commonly believed that single parents’ sex lives are pretty non-existent, a new study reveals that they have just as much sex as single people without children.

In an attempt to explore whether or not single parenting inhibits sex and dating, researchers from the University of Nevada and the Kinsey Institute found that playing mommy or daddy has little effect on one’s bedroom action.


The researchers used data collected from 5,481 single Americans aged 21 and older as part of the 2012 Singles In America study. Of the participants, 2,121 were single parents.

Participants were asked multiple questions about their sex lives such as how often they think about sex, how much sex they had in the past 12 months, among others. They were also asked about the age of their children.

To the surprise of researchers, the single parents, even those with very young children, were had similar amounts of sex as their non-parent counterparts.

"Single parents of young children are expected to invest in less mating effort, specifically devoting less time and energy to seeking, finding, and maintaining a sexual relationship (which can be assessed by dating and sexual behavioral measures), in part because single parents of young children are investing in more parenting effort," the study states.


An even more surprising finding was that single parents with children under the age of five were more sexually active than single parents with older children. Typically parents with children around the age of five or younger are at their most busiest times in parenthood.

"Both single male and single female parents with children younger than five years of age reported more first dates during the past three months and a higher frequency of actual sexual activity than singles with older children," the study said.

That frequency was highest for single moms.

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