NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 4:25 PM
You don’t have to be hot to get more action in bed.
A new study found that people who find themselves sexy had the most active sex lives — and more partners in the sack.
Backing what most people already know, a questionnaire analyzed by two Australian researchers found that the self-confident people enjoy the deed more often than those who don’t identify as sexually attractive.
“Feeling sexually attractive is associated with an individual feeling more confident as a sexual partner, more satisfied with their sexual experiences, as well as experiencing a greater frequency of sexual activity,” the study said.
Published this month in the International Journal of Psychology, the study asked 3,000 people a series of questions — on sexual attractiveness, esteem, satisfaction, activity and partners — to determine the effect of sexual perception on sex.
It found that it’s not important to be hot, but rather to feel hot.
Regardless of sexual orientation, the study found people enjoyed their time in between the sheets more if they believed statements like “I am sexy” and “I can attract sexual partners.”
Meanwhile, people with negative body images are likely to avoid sex and relationships all together.
The results were not surprising to those knowledgeable on sex.
“Many individuals completely withhold or hold back certain components of what arouses them due to anxiety about their body…and all of this leads to both bad sex and having far less sex,” said Chris Donaghue, a New York sex therapist and host of TV’s “Bad Sex.”
What was surprising, was that those who enjoy getting down to business more were women who considered themselves hot.
The study revealed females identify as attractive 10% more than men and therefore, enjoy sex more and have it more frequently.
That sex tidbit was surprising to Caitlin Gallen, who works as a staff coordinator at a Brookyln child-care center.
Despite her slim figure, flowy blond hair and blue eyes, Gallen said her insecurity over her body sometimes plays into her head during sex.
“There’s a stigma to look a certain way, and then being slut shamed for wanting what guys consider too much sex,” the 23-year-old said.
“I definitely do think about the way I look often enough and think I would have a better time if I felt good about myself.”
Men beat women in number of sexual partners, averaging 28% more partners in a year than women.
Whenever she’s feeling “ugly,” Pavithra Somasundaram, a Pennsylvania graduate student, agreed her sex-life takes a hit.
“The sex more often than not just doesn’t happen because I can’t enjoy it when I am too focused on whether my stomach is bloated or something else,” the 27-year-old, who has been married for seven years, said.
Experts on the topic said it’s harder than ever to feel attractive with a bombardment of beautiful selfies on social media.
“Women tend to be very self-sabotaging when its comes to sex. They tend to focus more on what’s wrong with their bodies than what is right (which is everything),” said Shannel Parker, director of Pure Romance — a nonprofit that aims to empower women in their sex lives.
For those very reasons, the study believes women polled higher against men in so many areas.
“They may place greater importance on being sexually attractive and consequently rate their sexual attractive-ness more favorably than men, in order to feel that they adhere to this ideal,” the study explained.
Where men were the winners was in the realm of sexual partners, with men having on average 28% more partners than ladies.