Just one in three Hong Kong people are satisfied with their sex lives, survey finds

Work and study pressure branded passion killers, with men complaining the most

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 March, 2017, 8:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 March, 2017, 8:00am

Only one in three Hong Kong people are satisfied with their sex lives, a survey has found.

The pollster called the results worrying as 60 per cent of those questioned were aged 27 or below – young people in their prime – and blamed work pressure.

“It is sad that only about 30 per cent of those polled are satisfied with their sex lives,” Dr Joseph Cho Man-kit, a committee member of the Hong Kong Sex Education Association, said on Tuesday.

People should consider sex as sport. The more you train, the better you get
Professor Ng Man-lun, founder of the Hong Kong Sex Cultural Festival

“The majority of the people polled this time were young people. You would have thought that they should have more energy to enjoy sex. But because of pressure from work, the quality of their sex lives is low. That’s worrying.”

The online survey of 1,071 people was jointly conducted by the association and the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong from July to December.

It found that 5.4 per cent were very satisfied with their sex lives; 24.8 per cent satisfied; 33.1 per cent average; 8.9 per cent dissatisfied; 4.7 per cent very dissatisfied; and the rest did not answer the question.

Professor Ng Man-lun, founder of the Hong Kong Sex Cultural Festival, said many young people were not happy in bed because of study stress. The city’s relatively conservative culture was also to blame, he said.

Ng added that the satisfaction rate of 30 per cent compared poorly with Europe and the US, where it was roughly 50 per cent.

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The survey also found that 18 per cent of polled were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied, compared with 10.7 per cent for women. “Maybe men have higher demands in sex,” Cho said.

The survey also found that 20 per cent exercised for less than one hour a week; 20 per cent exercised one to two hours; 10 per cent for two to three hours; and 9 per cent exercised for three to four hours a week.

Ng said working out more would boost men’s sex performance in the form of firmer erections.

“In fact, people should consider sex as sport. The more you train, the better you get,” he said.

Sexual intercourse with a girl under 16 years of age is an offence under the Crimes Ordinance. Ng reiterated his earlier suggestion that it be lowered to 14 because people in Hong Kong sexually matured at a younger age.

Social workers have said the law should be kept.