According to new research by extra-marital dating site IllicitEncouters.com, 10 is the ideal number of lovers to have.
More than 1,000 people took part in the online survey, and where asked how many lovers they would want a new partner to have had.
Between eight and 12 was the most popular answer, chosen by 38% of women and 37% of men.
Within that group, both men and women agreed 10 was the “Goldilocks” answer – “neither too hot nor too cold”.
The poll suggests those who had more than 10 sexual partners were considered promiscuous, while having fewer than 10 would be considered sexually inexperienced.
Any number above 20 was considered a turn-off, chosen by 3% of women and 4% of men.
People were also asked if they wanted to know how many lovers a new partner had in the past – 35% of women said they wanted to know, while 30% of men wanted to know a partner’s sexual history.
Christian Grant, a spokesman for IllicitEncounters.com, said:
The dating game is changing so quickly. I think we are all becoming a lot more tolerant and sexually adventurous. If we had conducted this poll ten years ago, men would have expected a potential partner to have slept with far fewer people.”