Nearly 1 in 6 college students have had sex while driving.

By Seriously Science | June 26, 2014 6:00 am
Photo: flickr/senoranderson

Photo: flickr/senoranderson

Here’s a sobering statistic for you: according to this study, almost 16% of midwestern college students have had sex while driving (SWD), and nearly half did so while driving at speeds of 61-80 mph(!). And no, these numbers didn’t include masturbation. As you might guess, SWD was reported by more men than women, and usually consisted of oral sex, although 11% of SWD participants had actual intercourse. Amazingly, none of those surveyed reported having an accident, though 1.8% “nearly had a crash.” I guess there’s not much else to do during those long boring drives through the cornfields?

A preliminary study of sexual activity as a distraction for young drivers.

“In what may be the first in-depth study of sexual activity as a driving distraction in the US, a sample of 195 male and 511 female college students at a Midwestern university (M age=19.7) participated in an on-line study of sex while driving (SWD). Of these, 64 (32.8%) men and 47 (9.3%) women had engaged in sex while driving (SWD). Nine percent of men and 29% of women had engaged in SWD as a passenger. In most recent SWD incidents, respondents reported that the two most common acts were oral sex (70.3%) and genital touching (60.4%). About 11% engaged in vaginal intercourse. Sexual activity lasted from 1 to 10min for 42.7% of the respondents. Nearly half (49.1%) were traveling 61-80mph during sex. Considering respondents’ lifetime incidents of SWD, the most common driving errors reported were speeding (37.8%), drifting into another lane (36%), and letting go of the steering wheel (10.8%). Only 1.8% nearly had a crash, and none actually had a crash. Separate regression analyses for male and female respondents revealed that lower intentions to engage in SWD in the future were associated with higher estimates of the probability of a car crash. The authors consider SWD to be an under-reported in-vehicle distraction and encourage more research and prevention efforts.”

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: scientist..or perv?
  • http://www.mazepath.com/uncleal/qz4.htm Uncle Al

    a Midwestern university” The State University of Iowa version of Drivers Ed? It is but 14 miles from Riverside, IA.

    Lt. Nyota Uhura, “I’m impressed. For a moment there, I thought you were just a dumb hick who only has sex with farm animals.”

    James Tiberius. Kirk, “Well, not only.”

  • Tania Torres

    like animals.

    • Michael Strickland

      Non-human animals don’t drive silly.

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