Old people have sex! According a study released in the New England Journal of Medicine—the most comprehensive national survey of senior sexual behavior—most Americans do the nasty into their 60s and nearly half continue gettin' busy into their 70s, and then half of those continue doing it into their 80s. Who knew? But get this:
Half of the people surveyed up to age 75 said they had oral sex.
And while it sort of grosses us out to think of wrinkly boners and gray pubes, we still take a little comfort in the fact that we have some action to look forward to, and that our libidos won't droop, even though our boobies will.
"There are a lot of people who feel that age is very tightly correlated with sexual activity or interest," Professor Edward Laumann of the University of Chicago, one of the report's authors, told the BBC. "But it turns out that healthy people are sexually active if they have a partner, and that this is an important part of the quality of life."
Actually, what researchers discovered is that what kept seniors from having sex was not a lack of sexual desire, but a lack of a partner. But in fact, even that didn't matter to many of them.
About half of the men and a quarter of the women said they masturbated, regardless of whether they had a sexual partner.
Okay, so we're gonna assume that the other 50% of men and 75% of women questioned were lying and that they masturbate, too.