Artists Have More Sexual Partners, U.K. Survey Hints

Brian Handwerk in National Geographic:

Picasso_350Researchers at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the Open University asked participants about their artistic skills and their history of sexual encounters since the age of 18.

Professional artists and poets reported sleeping with twice as many partners as other adults sampled.

Daniel Nettle, a psychology professor at the University of Newcastle’s School of Biology, said two factors may explain the findings.

“Creative people are often considered to be very attractive and get lots of attention as a result,” he said. “They tend to be charismatic and produce art and poetry that grabs people’s interest.”

Alternatively “it could also be that very creative types lead a bohemian lifestyle and tend to act on more sexual impulses and opportunities, often purely for experience’s sake, than the average person would,” he said.

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