I'm not a "social scientist" like LG with her various degrees, but I think she would not object to me answering your question in the following manner.....there is no simple answer to your question.
Different people have different needs and expectations. Some of us are wired for monogamy or a limited number of sex partners over our lifetimes while others require the exact opposite.
There are many factors which play into it: genetic predispositions, psychology (including personality disorders), religious upbringing and the expectations within our socio-economic class and regional settings are just a few examples I can think of.
Another factor is how our needs change through life stages. Some of us begin to settle down as we get older while others who lived a fairly conservative lifestyle in our youth, suddenly "want it all" before we feel it is "too late."
I miss LG. I think she would provide some informed answers on a topic like this one.
I wish she were still here. She could be testy when she encountered opinionated ignorance and even at times when there was a simple misunderstanding but she provided valuable information hobbyists and providers can't get anywhere else.
Posted By: The_Nurse to settle down to just one? i've always wondered how thats done. i am young and have only enjoyed maybe two hand-fulls of sexual partners but i know plenty of girls/women who enjoy that many in a week or two*not providers*. is it difficult to make that change? is there anyone on TER qualified to answer that anymore? i never knew the lady who ran this particular ship. was she knowledgable?