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Survey: New York's single scene pretty tame

graphic March 22, 1998
Web posted at: 11:15 p.m. EDT (2315 GMT)

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Single New Yorkers don't live up to their sex-charged reputation, according to a new survey that found most have never had a one-night stand.

The survey by the polling firm Penn Schoen & Berland also found that the average number of sex partners for single New Yorkers was just five.

The firm polled 1,000 single New Yorkers between 21 and 40; the survey was reported in this week's issue of New York magazine.

Of those questioned, 53 percent said they had never had a one-night stand. The rest said they had them occasionally or infrequently.

The respondents also seemed to flout their traditional societal roles. By a margin for 48 to 43 percent, men said that a good partner was more important than a good job, but women said that a good job was more important, by 46 to 43 percent.

More men are looking for a serious relationship than women, by 38 to 25 percent. When broken down by sexual orientation, gay men were the most likely group to be looking for a serious relationship at 40 percent, while straight women were the least likely, at 30 percent.

Thirty percent of singles said they meet people through friends, followed by clubs and bars, then parties or work. Only 1 percent said they met at the gym or personal ads, and despite the flood of media stories about meeting on the Internet, zero percent said they met people that way.

Copyright 1998 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.


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