Patt Morrison For December 9, 2011

Surprise – men don’t think about sex as much as we (and they) think they do

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We’ve all heard the ballpark statistics about men and their incessant daydreaming about sex. But some new research from Ohio State University is throwing a little cold water on those common assumptions.

The study showed that, while men do think about sex more than women on a daily basis, the number of times men think about sex isn’t nearly as high as we heard in junior high (...that men think about sex every seven seconds). The reality is closer to 19 times a day for men, and, surprising to some, that women think about sex 10 times per day. Even more surprising was the range of frequency of thoughts about sex between the genders – men’s racy suppositions ranged between one and 388 per day and women’s between one and 140, meaning that there aren’t many Americans of either gender who don’t think about sex at all. But the fact remains, though less than imagined, men still think about sex more than women.


What do you think accounts for the difference? How often do you entertain thoughts of making whoopee?


Terri Fisher, professor of psychology, Ohio State University, author of the study

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