So you’ve had a nice evening being wined and dined, and now it’s time to say goodnight – do you leave your date with a peck on the cheek or do you invite him in for a ‘night cap’?
If you’re over 30, chances are he is going to get lucky, as a recent study has discovered that women aged 30 and over are more likely to have sex after a first date.
According to research by DateWithaMate.com, 34% of women aged 30 and over would get intimate with someone after a first date compared to 14% of women aged 20 to 23 and 12% of 24 to 27-year-old's.
Similarly, the study also found that women over 30 (if they didn’t go the whole way on the first date) are more likely to take the plunge on a second date compared to younger daters.
Nearly half (42%) of women aged 30 and over admitted they would definitely sleep with their date after meeting for the second time, compared to 38% of 20 to 23-year-old's and 29% of those aged 24 to 27.
It seems that younger, twentysomething women prefer to wait, as 89% admitted they like to wait until the third date before they slept with their prospective partner.
Take a look at great ways to spice up your dating life...
Five Ways To Spice Up Your Dating Life
By life coach <a href="http://www.sophiadavis.co.uk/" target="_hplink"><strong>Sophia Davis</strong></a>.
Get The Latin Fever
"Why not try a Salsa class with your date? Work together to learn new dance moves and then show them off together. There are plenty of classes available for all levels of experience."
"Go on an adventure and get energetic by solving mazes, climbing assault courses and swinging on ropes. Here, you will walk around what looks like an enchanted forest climbing trees and letting go of fears and inhibitions by throwing yourself into nets and such like. These are so much fun to experience and are dotted around the country so perfect for wherever you are based."
Have A Laugh
"If you want to laugh, try a comedy club. There are loads of them dotted around the country, and you can have a drink and watch some talented comedians in action (if you do some research). Laugh till your ribs hurt, and share fun times and light-hearted entertainment with your new dating partner."
Listen To Music
"Put the music back into your dating life by taking your diet to an outdoor music event, or an indoor concert. Rock out and listen to mellow jazz, it's your choice, but it'll definitely be a conversation starter and a chance to show off your moves!"
"Go for a romantic stroll, hand in hand in the outdoors. Visit a Christmas market or fair and get the adrenaline going by going on one of the rides, or show off your skating skills on the ice rink. Have a drink at one of the open bars, or just have a walk around and enjoy the festive buzz."
Luke Pomaro, the founder of datewithamate.com, said: “We wanted to conduct this research in order to get a better understanding of women who use online dating.
"It was interesting to discover that so many of the respondents have used online dating, however it is a growing industry and a great method to meet new people who are interested in starting a new romantic relationship.”
“Sleeping with someone on a first date is a completely personal decision and down to the two people who are on the date. Everybody has different views on ‘dating etiquette’ and ultimately it is an individual choice. The only thing we would advise is that people are safe on dates and always take responsible precautions.”
Health Benefits Of Sex
Besides being fun and pleasurable, sex also offers many health boosts many of us take for granted. Take a look at these surprise benefits of having regular sex...
Sex... Wards Off Illness
According to research from <a href="http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/1.asp" target="_hplink">Wilkes University</a>, making love twice a week releases an antibody called immunoglobulin A or IgA, which helps protect the body from infections and illnesses. Other research suggests that frequent ejaculations in men reduces the risk of prostate cancer later in life. According to the <em><a href="http://www.bjui.org/default.aspx" target="_hplink">British Journal of Urology International</a></em>, men who ejaculate five or more times a week, had a lower risk of prostate cancer.
Sex... Burns Off Calories
It doesn't take an expert to connect an energetic love making session with burning calories. Just thirty minutes of action under the sheets burns off around 85 calories. After 42 half-hour sessions, you could burn 3,570 calories, which is the equivalent of 1lb in weight. By having sex three times a week for a year, you could burn off the equivalent of 5lbs a year. Who needs a diet?!
Sex... Relieves Pain
During sex, a hormone called oxytocin is released when the body climaxes, which increases the level of endorphins that acts like natural a pain relief. This causes the body to relax. Many notice their aches and pains, like swelling, inflammation, headaches and menstrual cramps, disappear after sex and gradually improve with regular action.
Sex... Helps Beat Depression
Women who have regular orgasms are generally more relaxed, less depressed and mentally, physically and emotionally satisfied. Regular sex also helps the body sleep better as it relieves tension plus it helps the brain produce serotonin - the chemical that gives the body a 'mood' lift and is commonly found in antidepressants.
Sex.. Keeps You Young
Regular sex releases a surge of plethora chemicals into the body, also known as the 'happy hormones', and they contain testosterone. As we age, the level of testosterone decreases, so the more sex you have, the more your hormone levels increases. This surge of hormone help keep bones and muscles healthy - plus it keeps skin looking plump and youthful. In women, regular sex also helps keep the pelvic floor muscles healthy, which decreases the chances of not-so-sexy incontinence later in life.