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Sex in Parked Cars: Who Does it and Why? (Infographic)

October 10, 2016 by Justin Lehmiller

When Alfred Kinsey published his pioneering research on Americans’ sexual behaviors back in the 1950s, he found that a sizable number of men and women were having premarital sex and, further, that a lot of this sex was taking place in automobiles. In fact, 41% of the women he surveyed who reported having had premarital sex said they had done it in a car [1]!

Parked cars were clearly popular places for sex back then–but what about now? A new study published in The Journal of Sex Research suggests that parked cars continue to be a popular setting for sexual activity, at least among young adults (this study only looked at college students).

Check out the infographic below for a closer look at some of the key findings from this study, including how many people have ever done it, the motivations behind it, and what they did during their most recent parked-car experience.

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[1] Kinsey, A.C., Pomeroy, W.B., Martin, C.E., & Gebhard, P.H. (1953). Sexual behavior in the human female. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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