For FUN FACTORY’s 25th anniversary, we wanted a thorough study of the community of FUNsexuals that’s grown with us. So, we sent out a survey, and more than 650 of you responded. The results were revealing! We revisit them whenever we brainstorm new product ideas or write technique-focused materials. Here’s what we learned.
A majority of respondents were between the ages of 26 and 45.
Most were on the East Coast, followed by the Midwest.
A large majority of respondents were cisgender, with nonbinary, trans, and gender-nonconforming folks also represented. Among cisgender respondents, men and women were equally represented.
About 59% of respondents identified as heterosexual. Additionally, 19% were bisexual, 9% were pansexual, and 5% were homosexual. The rest of the group was asexual or did not choose a designation.
78% of respondents said they like to try new things during partnered sex, and 68% said they liked to try new things during masturbation.
Among the people who wanted to try new things during partnered sex, a majority wanted to learn new manual techniques and/or use sex toys on their partner.
Among the people who wanted to try new things during masturbation, a majority wanted to expand their toy collection and/or experiment with new techniques.
Overall, a majority of people prioritized their partner’s orgasm over their own, with 70% saying their partner’s orgasm was “extremely important,” compared with just 40% saying the same about their own orgasm.
Among gender-expansive people, 23% said their orgasm was “extremely important” and 31% said it was “somewhat important.” Around 49% rated their partners’ orgasm as “extremely important” and 37% called it “somewhat important.”
Among cis women, 42% said their orgasm was “extremely important” and 39% said it was “somewhat important.” Around 65% rated their partners’ orgasm as “extremely important” and 29% called it “somewhat important.”
Among cis men, 41% said their orgasm was “extremely important” and 47% said it was “somewhat important.” Around 81% rated their partners’ orgasm as “extremely important” and 17% called it “somewhat important.”
Of the people who sometimes have difficulty orgasming during solo masturbation, a majority said they have trouble relaxing and/or getting in the mood.
Of the people who sometimes have difficulty orgasming during partnered sex, a majority said they concentrate more on their partner’s pleasure than their own. Other top reasons included an inability to relax and/or a partner who doesn’t know how best to please.
“The right technique” was the most important factor for having an orgasm, with 38% of respondents ranking it above all other factors, like “the right mood” or “certain fantasies.”
The most popular word to describe orgasm was “mind-blowing,” and “amazing,” “AWESOME,” “explosive,” and “transcendent” were also popular choices.
About 41% of respondents said they used sex toys several times a week, around 19% said they used them about once a week, and another 19% said they used them several times a month.
A majority of respondents (58%) use sex toys during both solo play and partner play.
A majority of respondents think sex toys are more accepted now than they have been in the past, but there’s still some stigma around them. This holds true both for vulva-focused toys (60% agreed) and penis-focused toys (71% agreed).