IT’S OFFICIAL: PEOPLE WHO HOG THE SOFA MAKE THE BEST LOVERS, ACCORDING TO NEW RESEARCH
We carried out a nationwide study and delved into the sofa habits of Brits and found that the way you sit can reflect your personality, your earning power, and even your sex life.
The Kama-sit-ra Report identified eight sofa sitting styles, and found that those who spread themselves out across the whole settee (Hoggers) will give you the best time between the sheets.
36 percent of Hoggers claim to be good lovers, compared to an overall average of 31 percent. And if your potential beau is a nervous Arm Percher, you may be in for a disappointment, as this group make the worst lovers according to the poll (only 20 percent say they are good in the sack).
The sitting positions revealed by the Kama-sit-ra include the Curler – sitting with feet curled up – the most common position for Brits (30 percent of the nation are Curlers).
The second most popular position is the sexually adept Hogger (25 percent), followed by the legs akimbo Man Spreader (12 percent), the insecure Cushion Hugger (11 percent) and the self-contained Knee Hugger (7 percent).
Also on the list is the Undertaker – sitting on the floor and leaning back against the sofa – (6 percent), the Percher – sitting on the very edge of the seat – (4 percent) and the Arm Percher, who precariously balances on the arm of the sofa (4 percent).
And which group you fall into could say a lot about your life, according to the study.
You are much more likely to be paid big bucks if you like to cuddle a cushion whilst relaxing on the sofa, as 7 percent of Cushion Huggers earn over 80k a year, SEVEN times more than Curlers (1 percent) and more than double the overall average (3 percent).
Curlers are the most thoughtful bunch, with 65 percent saying they are kind (well above the overall average of 55 percent). In second place – and perhaps surprisingly – are Hoggers (61 percent), followed by Man Spreaders and Cushion Huggers (at 54 percent each).
Solitary Undertakers were found to be the least considerate, with only 26 percent of this group saying they are thoughtful.
The study found that kind-hearted Curlers are also the most likely to be in a long-term relationship (52 percent) – compared to an overall average of 43 percent, and with Perchers and Arm Perchers the least likely (just 18 percent of each group are in a relationship).
It seems that sitting on the floor may be a good way to deal with stress, as only 26 percent of Undertakers worry a lot, compared to the most anxious group, Curlers, of whom 47 percent admit to worrying too much.
Man-spreaders are most likely to be gym bunnies (13 percent), and the most sedentary group are the Curlers (7 percent). However, Curlers are more cerebral with 26 percent of them claiming to be book worms, nearly twice as many as many as Man-spreaders (14 percent) and Knee Huggers (16 percent).
The study also found that Knee Huggers are most friendly group, with 84 percent saying they are sociable, compared to an overall average of 75 percent. In second place is the Arm Percher (82 percent), and third the Cushion Hugger (82 percent). And the least sociable group are the Hoggers (72 percent).
The report also found that Brits clearly love their sofas, with an overwhelming 91 percent saying that they would rather have a night on the sofa than an evening in the pub.
Commenting on the research, psychologist Dr Rebecca Spelman said: “By and large, it appears that the people who are most body-confident are also the ones most likely to describe themselves as being good in bed. Someone who is not shy about stretching out and occupying space is also less likely to be shy about their body and its functions—which is usually good news for their intimate partner. However, it might also be wise to take the declarations that Hoggers and Man-spreaders make about their sexual prowess with a pinch of salt. Unless they are on their own in the room, they are likely to be taking up a lot of space that they should be sharing with their family members. Possibly they are sometimes oblivious to people’s needs, and much more confident about their own prowess than they really should be.
“Hugging a cushion or one’s own knees can often be read as a form of self-comforting, much like a child who self-comforts with a cuddly toy or a favourite blanket. However, these postures can also be defensive, with the person in question unconsciously giving the message that they don’t want others to come near, or that they are claiming their own small bit of space. I would expect anyone who habitually sits in one of these positions to be grappling with some issues of shyness and insecurity that might impact on their lives in a variety of ways.
“When we perch on the edge of a chair or sofa, we are making a display of diffidence and of reluctance to commit to one place or another. People who tend to sit this way are likely to have an activated flight or fight response – they feel the need to always be ready to leave a scenario quickly.
“It’s no surprise Brits love their sofas, and for most families, the living room is the heart of the home. Our relationship with our sofa goes beyond seeing it simply as a comfortable spot to sit; in a symbolic way, sofas represent the comfort and stability of home, among many other things.”
Rachel Marshall, our Brand Manager said: “It’s clear from our research how much something so simple as a seating position can say about our personalities. For many Brits, the sofa is the one place where we can truly relax and be ourselves – it’s where people can build relationships, talking and spending time together, so it’s no surprise our personalities truly shine through when we’re sat on the sofa.”
The Kama-sit-ra Report also found that more than eight in 10 Brits have got intimate with a partner on the sofa (85 percent). And 45 percent say it’s VITAL that they can sit comfortably next to their loved one on the sofa. In fact, nearly half (49 percent) of Brits say they have argued with a partner because of their sofa sitting style.
The research also uncovered who we’d most like to sit next to if we had to. And there was good news for partners (35 percent), pets (21 percent) and children (20 percent) who came top of the list. However, there is bad news for dads, as more people would like to sit next to Holly Willoughby (12 percent) than their own fathers (11 percent).
THE MOST POPULAR SOFA SITTING POSITIONS ACCORDING TO THE KAMA-SIT-RA:
The Curler – sitting with feet curled up
- Most common sitting position (30 percent of the nation favour it)
- The kindest of the positions (65 percent claim they are kind people)
- Most likely to be in a long-term relationship (52 percent have a partner)
- The most anxious group (47 percent admit they are worriers)
The Hogger – lies across the whole sofa
- The position for 25 percent of the nation
- Most likely to be a good lover (36 percent say they are good between the sheets)
- The least social of the positions (72 percent would prefer a night in than out)
- Most likely to be TV addicts (37 percent can’t get enough of the box)
The Man Spreader – sitting with legs akimbo
- The position for 12 percent of the nation
- Most likely to be gym bunnies (13 percent love a work out)
- The group has a tendency to worry (32 percent are anxious)
- Not easily embarrassed (82 percent say nothing makes them blush)
The Cushion Hugger – hugs a cushion at all times
- The position for 11 percent of the nation
- Least likely to be a vegan (only 5 percent avoid animal products)
- The most likely to describe themselves as generous (40 percent never say no to a friend in need)
- A kindhearted group (54 percent say they are kind)
The Knee Hugger – holding everything together
- The position for 12 percent of the nation
- The friendliest group (84 percent say they have lots of friends)
- This position is likely to be in a partnership (32 percent are in a long-term relationship)
- Not many social media followers (only 5 percent have over 1,000 followers/friends)
The Undertaker – sitting on the floor and leaning back against the sofa
- The position for 6 percent of the nation
- The least considerate (only 26 percent describe themselves as kind – less than any other position)
- Worries the least out of all sitting positions (26 percent are anxious)
- Not likely to be reading a novel on the sofa (just 16 percent say they are a bookworm)
The Percher – sitting on the edge
- The position for 4 percent of the nation
- Least likely to be in a relationship along with Arm Perchers (only 18 percent have a partner)
- Likely to be sitting with a cat on their lap (26 percent say they prefer pets to people)
- Most likely to be vegan (11 percent don’t eat animal products)
The Arm Percher – sitting uncomfortably at the end
- The position for 4 percent of the nation
- The worst lovers (just 20 percent say they are good in bed)
- A generous position (34 percent would always help a friend in need)
- The least likely to be in a relationship along with Perchers (only 18 percent have a partner)
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