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Tattoos, piercings, and sexual activity

Nicolas Guéguen (University of South Brittany)
Cite this article:  Guéguen, N. (2012). Tattoos, piercings, and sexual activity. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 40, 1543-1548.
Publication date: October 2012


In this study, I examined the correlation between having a tattoo and/or body piercing and the time at which sexual activity began. Data were gathered from a convenience sample of 2,080 students, who were recruited by approaching them on the campuses of public universities in France. Tattooed and/or pierced students reported earlier experiences of sexual intercourse than did nonpierced and nontattooed students. This effect was found with both males and females, and was reinforced when respondents had both piercings and tattoos.


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