Brits Turn to Sex for Cheap Thrills

Hard times encourage people to find inexpensive activities, poll finds
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 1, 2008 3:41 AM CST
Condom sales have been increasing in Great Britain.   (Shutter stock)
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(Newser) – For those who can't afford to shop during the holidays, the British offer a suggestion: have sex instead. Love-making topped a list of increasingly popular cost-free activities, followed by window shopping and gossiping—which beat out sex among women—in a survey of 2,000 Brits. The findings coincide with a recent boost in condom sales, BBC reports.

"Rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections are on the up so when you snuggle down with a partner, make sure you do it safely," warns a spokeswoman for the AIDS charity that conducted the survey. Condoms are inexpensive, and can even be obtained free at clinics, she notes.