Desire for sexual variety in the greek cultural context

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Human beings exhibit considerable variation in their approach towards the numbeof sexual partners they wish to have. One consistent predictor of this variation habeen sex—men desire more sexual partners than women. The current study aims to examine whether this effect is present in the Greek cultural context. In particular, a sample of 1414 Greek and Greek-Cypriot participants were asked about their desired number of sexual partners at different stages in their lives. It was found that men preferred significantly more partners than women. It was further found that men were divided in their preferences, with about half preferring several, and about half preferring a few lifetime sexual partners. On the other hand, about three-thirds of women preferred a few lifetime sexual partners with about one-third preferring several lifetime partners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-64
Number of pages12
JournalCyprus Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Desire for sexual variety
  • Mating
  • Mating strategies
  • Short-term mating


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