When you’re single, having a dry spell – a period of time between when you last had sex and when you next have sex – is completely normal.
However, a new survey has found that singles in one UK city in particular have faced up to six years without sex on average.
Research by a new dating site called Desperate Dating, found that singles in Bradford have, on average, been single for five years and three months and have spent six years without sex.
Singles in Wakefield have the second-longest dry spell at five years and six months, while single people in Sheffield went for five years and one month without having sex on average.
The UK cities with the longest dry spells for singles
Bradford - six years
Wakefield - five years, six months
Sheffield - five years, one month
Edinburgh - five years
Coventry - five years
Leicester - four years, seven months
Nottingham - four years, three months
Glasgow - four years, two months
Birmingham - four years
Manchester - three years, two months
Bristol - three years, two months
London - three years
Leeds - two years, eight months
Cardiff - two years, five months
Liverpool - two years
The data also revealed, on average, how long people have been single in each of these cities with Sheffield taking the top spot at seven years.
Wakefield came second with respondents saying they’d been single for six years. This was followed by Edinburgh (five years, 10 months), Cardiff (five years, four months) and Bradford (five years, three months).
The UK cities where people are single for the longest
Sheffield - seven years
Wakefield - six years
Edinburgh - five years, 10 months
Cardiff - five years, four months
Bradford - five years, three months
Nottingham - five years, two months
Leeds - five years, one month
Birmingham - four years, 10 months
Leicester - four years, nine months
Coventry - four years, five months
Glasgow - four years, three months
Bristol - three years, six months
London - three years, one month
Manchester - three years
Liverpool - one year, four months
The dating site, which officially launches on Valentine's Day, surveyed 14,449 people worldwide and found that 27% of Britons say they are “desperate” for a date or to find a partner – with France having the highest number of 'desperate' singles at 32%.
A separate survey by Superdrug found that the average single person had sex every two months, while the average person in a relationship or married had sex once per week.
However, there were exceptions to these rules as it found that a few of the 1,500 people it surveyed who were single had gone without sex for two decades – one even for 27 years.
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