The Internet has come out on top for Malaysians when it comes to getting information on sex.
A Durex Sexual Wellbeing Survey has shown that as much as 75% of Malaysian adults credit the World Wide Web for teaching them the bedroom “how-tos”.
School sex education, meanwhile, lagged behind other sources of information at 36%.
This was behind magazines (73%), books (65%), friends and peers (56%) and partners (43%).
There were a total of 1,026 respondents, which made up an equal number of men and women aged 18 years and above.
A total of 75% of men and 71% of women relied on the Internet for information on sex.
Despite the figures, less than half of Malaysians – 45% of men and 39% of women think there is enough advice and information available for them.
The findings also disclosed that 73% of Malaysians who had formal sex education say they were satisfied with their sexual wellbeing.
Formal sex education was based on respondents’ understanding what the topic was.
The global average percentage of sexual satisfaction stands at 59%.
The report said greater knowledge about sex brings increased sexual wellbeing.
However, the survey also found that 51% of those who received sex education at school said they did not learn about conception while 71% were not taught sexually transmitted infections.
A total of 48% of Malaysians also wished their sex education had been more emotionally inclusive, which include love, respect and the enjoyment of giving pleasure to one’s partner.
“This Malaysian call for a greater focus on the emotional side of sex runs across all ages and is particularly strong among the older generations,” the survey concluded.
It found that about 44% of those aged between 16 and 24 would like to have received more information on the subject in comparison to 62% among those aged between 35 and 44.
British Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Andrology chairman Dr Kevan Wylie said of the survey:
“The more one knows about sex, the more he or she will understand and the more likely it is that one will better enjoy his or her sex life.”
The survey is the fourth in a series of reports by Durex with this one emphasizing on knowledge and education.
Previous results of the three surveys titled ‘Satisfaction’, ‘In the Bedroom’ and ‘The Big O’ can be found on http://www.durex.com.