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kristenmark.jpg Kristen Mark, Ph.D., M.P.H. is a sex and relationships researcher and assistant professor at University of Kentucky. She is also the survey director, author of Sex Trends, and a managing editor for Good in Bed, and a blogger for Kinsey Confidential, Psychology Today, and Huffington Post. Kristen teaches graduate-level classes at University of Kentucky in the areas of health, sexuality and relationships, and research methodology. She completed her PhD in health behavior at Indiana University, has a master's degree in biostatistics, a master's degree in human development, and a bachelor's degree in psychology with a specialization in LGBT studies. Kristen's research focuses on sexuality in the context of relationships, sexual desire and desire discrepancies, and sexual pleasure and satisfaction. Learn more information about Kristen at www.kristenmark.com.

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An Interesting (And Sexy) Trend From Our Latest Survey

Posted by Kristen Mark

One of our missions at Good in Bed is to try and change the statistic that CNN reported, indicating over 40 million Americans are stuck in a sex rut and more than half are dissatisfied with their sex lives. This grim statistic is motivation to ensure couples and individuals alike...

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What Are Your Attitudes About Valentine's Day?

Posted by Kristen Mark

It's Valentine's Day - the day of pink and red explosions of chocolates, roses, and teddy bears everywhere you look. To some, this is an exciting time; a holiday looked forward to with anticipation. To others, this is a time of annoyance and bitterness toward a holiday perceived as...

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Learning From Lack of Orgasm

Posted by Kristen Mark

I've always kept track of all of the questions that readers, students, and acquaintances ask me related to sexuality and relationships. This morning, I was reading through some of the questions, and noticed a theme of orgasm throughout. Most of the orgasm-related questions came from folks with female partners wanting...

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Infidelity & Monogamy: What's Going On?

Posted by Kristen Mark

Arnold. Ashton. Anthony.  When it comes to the ABCs of infidelity, one thing is certain: It's only a matter of days - maybe minutes - before another extramarital scandal rocks the headlines. With brand new stories of celebrity and political infidelity hitting the newsstands every week, one can't help but...

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Who Believes in Soulmates Anymore, Anyway?

Posted by Kristen Mark

In a world of technological advance where we have as much access to people across the world as we do across the coffee shop, where romantic options are presented to us online as often as they are in person, it makes me wonder how someone could possibly still believe that...

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Attitudes Toward Monogamy: Findings From Our Latest Survey

Posted by Kristen Mark

Our most recent Good in Bed Survey examined attitudes toward monogamy. I was really excited to create this survey and even more excited to analyze the data on a topic so relevant and interesting. You may recall, in the summer of 2011, an article in the New York Times that...

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Gender Differences in Getting Sexually Adventurous

Posted by Kristen Mark

In our survey on sexual adventurousness of 3100 people (1731 men and 1369 women), we found that women engaged in significantly more sexually adventurous behaviors than men. I thought this was a really interesting finding considering how much women are constructed to be the member of a heterosexual couple with...

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Want To Boost Satisfaction? Some Survey-Based Suggestions

Posted by Kristen Mark

One of the most sought after outcomes in romantic relationships is satisfaction. Sexual satisfaction, relationship satisfaction, overall satisfaction...it is all desired. So how do we boost our chances of being sexually and relationally satisfied? Since the majority of the research I do involves figuring out ways to maintain or promote...

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Why You Shouldn't Focus on Simultaneous Orgasm

Posted by Kristen Mark

I recently received an email from a reader who was concerned that he wasn't able to have an orgasm at the same time as his partner. Frustration was the primary theme in the email. And we all know what frustration during sex can do for orgasm - certainly not create...

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When Does Sexual and Relationship Boredom Begin?

Posted by Kristen Mark

I've been looking again at the data we collected from 1418 men and 1923 women on how relationship boredom interferes with relationships both sexually and non-sexually. We found a lot of interesting information, and you can check out the full report here. The purpose of collecting that data was to...

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The Enjoyment of Orgasm

Posted by Kristen Mark

Orgasm is such an elusive "thing" in our culture, and there is frequently a lot of pressure placed around sex and achieving orgasm. So much so, that couples seeking therapy for sexual problems often have to be reminded of removing the emphasis on orgasm in order to remove some of...

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Why New Year's Eve is Important to Your Sex Life

Posted by Kristen Mark

Hard to believe, but today is the last day of 2011. I often hear people say how over-rated they think New Year's Eve is, and I often agree. However, when it comes to your sex life, New Year's Eve is far from over-rated. In one of our recent Good in...

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Does Adventurousness Actually Predict Sexual Satisfaction?

Posted by Kristen Mark

In our recent survey on sexual adventurousness, we asked participants whether they had engaged in (or, if not, were willing to engage in) a variety of sexually adventurous activities. Here is a preview of a few of them to get your blood pumping: Sharing verbal fantasiesWatching pornography togetherIncorporating sex toys...

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The Closing Gender Gap: Infidelity and Boredom

Posted by Kristen Mark

Our first Good in Bed survey examined boredom within the context of relationships. We were curious about the prevalence of and relations to boredom and we surveyed 1418 men and 1923 women to find out. Not only did we find out that 25% of our sample indicated boredom in their...

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Good in Bed Survey on Sexual Adventurousness

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The full report is available in pdf format. In our last survey on the topic of "relationship boredom", participants disclosed that many of them would be willing to try something new with their partner in the bedroom to help combat boredom. Therefore, the purpose of the current study on the...

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Good in Bed Survey on Relationship Boredom

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The full report is available in pdf format. The purpose of this survey was to further understand relationship boredom within the context of committed relationships. Additionally, this survey assessed how relationship boredom is related to sex and sexuality within those relationships. 25% of the sample reported feeling bored in their...

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