Sexual behaviour in humans can be solitary, between two people or in groups of three or more individuals, and induces sexual arousal among its participants.
The inherited sexual response of humans that have developed as a means of ensuring people reproduce is one of the two major determinants of human sexual behaviour. The second is the influence put on an individual by society to express his or her sexuality with another being.
Solitary behaviour involves only one person, and sociosexual behaviour involves more than one person. Sexual behaviour is classified depending on the number of participants and their gender. The heterosexual activity involves people from the opposite sex and homosexual activity involves people from the same sex. However, if three or more individuals are involved then it is possible to have both homosexual and heterosexual contact at the same time.
In both types of sexual behaviour, solitary and sociosexual, the behaviour could occur that would be deemed deviant if there were activities taking place that were unusual enough to be labelled so. Some societies and communities differ in terms of sexual behaviour and what they do and don’t find acceptable.
Solitary behaviour is when one stimulates and commits a sexual act on themselves. Certain fantasies might be present when this happens, which not infrequently involves idealised partners and activities the partner has not yet experienced or might even avoid in real life.
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