Dinner, wine and whispers of 'I love you': How women are still turned on by the oldest tricks in the book
20:37 GMT, 15 May 2012
The art of seduction is a fine skill but most people know exactly what turns them on.
A new survey that quizzed men and women about what gets them excited yielded surprising results, among them that a bit of wine, dinner and 'I love you' still works like a charm.
Nearly half of all women who participated in the survey admitted that hearing a declaration of love is a sure fire way to get them in the mood.
Sweet nothings: In a new survey conducted by Yahoo! and Fitness Magazine, women admitted to being turned on by hearing the words 'I love you'
Yahoo! Shine and Fitness Magazine collaborated on the questionnaire that asked 1000 adults a range of questions about their sexual preferences and habits.
Both sexes agreed that sharing a romantic dinner with a good bottle of wine makes for a perfect warm-up to an exhilarating night of passion.
But when it comes to whispering sweet nothings, it really is the sweetness that counts rather than the raunchiness.
Of the women surveyed, 42 per cent said that being told 'I love you' fuels the motors while only 25 per cent responded to being told they were 'hot'.
Communication and the many different forms played a major role in the questionnaire as well.
Younger men and women confessed to enjoying flirtatious text messaging with 22 per cent likely to get turned on by a explicit message and just 12 per cent of the older generations admitting the same.
Half of nearly all adults, however, told the interviewers that they had at one time or another engaged in 'dirty talk' over the phone to excite the senses of the person on the other end of the line.
Foreplay aside, when it came to actually sealing the deal, couples who were married or living together were found to have sex on average 2.4 times a week.
Leading up to those steamy sessions 38 per cent of couples fantasised about their own partners while a more imaginative 38 per cent envisioned themselves with celebrities.
Their single counterparts kept numbers up with an average of 5.3 trips to the proverbial bedroom a week, though who they were sleeping with each time was not revealed.
Regardless of how often, 65 per cent of women said they were quite satisfied by the length of the lusty sessions while 55 per cent men hoped for a bit longer between the sheets.
Paired with the fact that men estimated the journey from foreplay to orgasm to last 45 minutes compared to the women's more modest guess of 39 minutes, it seems men just can't get enough.
Indeed given an imaginary extra hour in the day, 46 per cent of men said they would spend the time having sex while only 24 per cent of women felt the same.
A predictable final result if ever there was one.