Youth sex survey bares all
South African youths do not think penis size matters - it's how "he uses it".
And neither does the size of a woman's breasts - "natural is nicest, whatever the size".
These are some of the interesting findings of the second YoungAfricaLive Youth Sex Survey.
About 170,000 youngsters, most aged between 16 and 24, participated in the survey.
YoungAfricaLive is a cellphone app and has almost a million users in South Africa.
Users were asked 50 candid questions about sex, HIV, love, relationships and culture.
Overall, the youth came across as very responsible in their approach to sex and as believing it is important to practise safe sex.
But a significant number revealed that they had not been tested for HIV in the last year and said they were afraid to know their status.
The survey also gauged respondents' views on issues of heritage and culture. Some of the findings were that:
58% believed that the reed dance has no place in the modern world and felt that allowing Swaziland's King Mswati to choose a virgin bride is sexist and unacceptable;
- 80% felt that paying lobola is part of their heritage and culture and should be valued; and
- 80% said they did not agree with the practice of ukuthwala, when a woman or girl is kidnapped and forced into marriage.
On issues of sex, most said they would watch pornography with a partner to get them into the mood for sex.
Most said they would stay in a relationship if the "love was good, but the sex was bad" and an overwhelming majority felt that it was everyone's responsibility to carry condoms and not just men's .
Gustav Praekelt, founder of the Praekelt Foundation, which developed YoungAfricaLive, said: "This tension between being young and living fully in the digital age and coming from families and communities where culture and religions are still important is amply reflected in this year's survey."
While the company admitted the survey was not "scientific", the volume and quality of responses "gives real insight into the views and behaviour of young Africans".
Issues of the heart were also given attention.
Most of the participants said they would not marry someone they did not love.
The women said they show their partner how much they love him by "having sex with him whenever he wants it". And most of the men felt that showing love equates to ensuring that "she climaxes first".