Fisher likewise notes that the concept of "food for sex" is common in other species, with male flies catching something and giving it to a female, who then copulates with the male, and a likewise scenario with birds.
But while many might believe having sex too soon equates with a population looking for a physical-only connection, that’s not the case.
Society may in many ways still be getting it wrong when it comes to men and sexuality, though there have been some small dents in male stereotypes, according to Garrison.
Many are starting to see sex rules as more fluid instead of the male dominance and female submission models, though that still exists, he says.“I think as feminism has become less of a negative word among those who identify as male, more people are embracing healthier attitudes towards sexuality,” he says.
Millennials especially are unencumbered by fears that may have held people back from having sex in the past, says Helen Fisher a biological anthropologist and chief scientific adviser to Match, who helped develop the representative survey of more than 5,000 singles.“We have a real misunderstanding of Millennials,” she said.
While the rule of thumb may have been wait to have sex until a third date, 34% of singles have had sex before a first date, and Millennials are 48% more likely to have sex before a first date than all other generations of singles, according to the annual Singles in America survey, funded by Dallas-based dating service Match and conducted by Research Now.
Just over 80% of singles want to find romantic love, according to the survey.