Over 70% of Chinese Have Had Premarital Sex, Research Shows

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Scene from Hong Kong Movie 'Marriage with a Liar'.

From NetEase:

Survey shows 70% of Chinese have had premarital sex

71.4% of respondents have had their first sexual experience before marriage; Only 20% of respondents do not approve of premarital sex. The internet is the primary channel for Chinese people to learn about sex. On the 7th, the Xiaokang magazine produced directly under the Qiushi central government political periodical released a “Chinese sexual health survey” report. The report showed that in comparison to 1994, the ratio of Chinese citizens who have had premarital sexual activity in 2012 has increased 30%, reaching 71.4%.

Experts say, with later marriages, it is very difficult to wait until 23 or 25 years old before engaging in sexual activity.

Li Yinhe
Li Yinhe

Incidents of premarital sex increased 30%

After obtaining a doctorate in America in 1998, Li Yinhe began research on marriages and the two sexes. In 1989, the percentage of Chinese people who have had premarital sex was 15%, and by 1994, that number “leaped” to over 40%. This kind of change would probably have taken one to two hundred years in other countries.

This most recent survey, in comparison to 1994, shows that the ratio of Chinese citizens who have had premarital sexual activity in 2012 has increased 30%, reaching 71.4%.

“These numbers very realistically reflect current social phenomena,” said Peking University medical psychology doctor Zhen Hongli. The legal age for marriage in China for men is no earlier than 22 years old, and no earlier than 20 years old for women. Those who work in universities, government organs, and other similar work organizations generally marry later. If those who marry 3 years or more after the legal age for marriage are defined as having married late, waiting until after 23 or 25 years old before having sex is very difficult.

The internet is the leading channel of obtaining knowledge about sex

This most-recent survey also showed that only 1.5% of respondents learned about sex through “parental education”, placing very last amongst the “channels for Chinese people to learn about sex rankings”. On the “channels for [Chinese] men to learn about sex rankings”, just 0.6% responded “parental education”.

In addition, 53.5% of participants responded that they “have never received” sex education.

The survey revealed that of the three major channels for Chinese people to obtain sex information, first is “the internet”, reaching 24.5%; Second is “gradually learned through experience”, with “experience” just 0.3% lower than “the internet”.

The difference between males and females is that males primarily rely on “the internet” to learn about sex, and secondarily through “experience” and “books”, with “pornographic films”–widely believed to be particularly attractive to males–in 4th place. Females however emphasize “gradually learned through experiences” and “books”, with “the internet” and “school education” in 3rd and 4th place, and “pornographic films” all the way in 6th place.

“These results show the influence of morality and reputation on female choices. In fact, selecting ‘gradually learned through experience’ shows that females still assign the task of sexual knowledge on the man, while one remains passive, believing this is the man’s duty. Another aspect is that this shows that females are indeed relatively less inclined towards curiosity and proactively exploring/learning,” analyzed Zhen Hongli.

Scene from Hong Kong Movie 'Marriage with a Liar'.

Comments from NetEase:

另一个中国 [网易广东省网友]:

Those who have had premarital sex, click the lower right corner, I guarantee it is over 95%.

[Note: The lower right is where the “upvote” button for a comment is. This comment had over 25k upvotes at time of translation, making it the most popular comment of the article.]

万法空相 [网易北京市网友]:

70%, isn’t that a bit too conservative?

chenxianpinghi [网易广东省梅州市网友]:

And that 20% were all “stroking pipes” [masturbating] before marriage~~~

跟帖局村长 [网易浙江省网友]:

Experts discover: Must not eat breakfast on an empty stomach, don’t forget.

hitup [网易广东省河源市网友]:

These days, just how many middle school students are still [virgins]?!

sunk2 [网易陕西省西安市网友]:

Sola Aoi is a good teacher!

空亦空 [网易广西桂林市网友]:

Haha, I personally gradually learned through experience.

落地生根发芽 [网易北京市海淀区网友]:

How is “gradually learned through experience” supposed to be interpreted?

[Note: There are several ways to find the answer “自己在实践中逐渐摸索” humorous. I’ll let you figure it out for yourselves.]


The island country’s pornographic films became the chicken country’s best tools of sex education.

[Note: “Island country” refers to Japan and “chicken country” refers to China, because the shape of China geographically resembles a chicken.]

弄个昵称发帖 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

Sigh! I’m one of those stupid cunts in the 30%.

蛐蛐0蟀哥 [网易上海市浦东新区网友]:

Even 13-year-old little girls have to use pigeon blood to pretend to be…[virgins]

glancewalk [网易四川省成都市网友]:

I want to know, what’s the fucking reason the remaining 30% have for not yet having had sex?

梅花桩庄主 [网易江苏省苏州市网友]:

70%, this number should be far more, I suspect at least 90%.

传奇2 [网易上海市网友]:

The post-80s-generation is 70%, while the post-90s generation is 100%!!!

睡狮中虱 [网易安徽省芜湖市网友]:

I admit, my first time was given to my right-hand…

莫大仙 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

At present…of the women I know that are 23 years old and older, only 2 are virgins…


Woo woo woo~ Mine was taken by the ayi next door when I was 15 years old.

麦兜是个猪 [网易湖北省武汉市网友]:

When we graduated last year, of the 23 male classmates in the entire class, 3 were not virgins, but of the 48 female classmates…I know at least 15 weren’t. One year after graduation, the several guys I often hang out with are still virgins…

网易总编 [网易四川省成都市网友]:

Come on, 70% is too high, I’m already 30 and a lot of my female colleagues are still virgins.

大勒个海 [网易四川省网友]:

Males a little less, at most 50%. Females at least 98%. As long as they don’t have “the back of a tiger and waist of a bear” [stocky appearance], they’ve all been broken [referring to hymen and virginity], and are completely willing to be broken. This society… sigh…

ksswkj [网易四川省德阳市网友]:

As long as it is healthy sexual activity then there’s nothing wrong, [but I] BS those retarded post-90s generation kids who don’t wear condoms, get pregnant, and then give birth in the toilets.

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