Men Obsessed With Sex? Well, Not 8 Times a Minute, Study Says
What? Men always thinking about sex??? If you are reading this are you breathing? Consistently, constantly, on average, 19-20 times a day, men think about sex. But researchers from Ohio State University were gratified to discover that men also think about other things like food, sleep and their basic creature comforts being met. And they found this to be more so than for women who are less focused on their biological needs.
Women who know men, live with men, are married to men could have told you this, you say? Yes, but it's another process to accumulate evidence proving what human existence claimed was true in proverb and song. Of course, men are easily contented if they are sexed, fed, watered and rested. Women's contentment is another "kettle of fish."
So women's basic assumptions about men were borne out by study findings, including the one that guys who are comfortable with their own sexuality and sexuality in general are more likely to think about sex. However, what had come to be the cultural "standard" of men thinking about sex every 7 seconds was roundly debunked. According to study's lead author, Terri Fisher, professor of psychology at Ohio State University's Mansfield campus,“When there’s a popular conception that is so removed from reality, it’s really important to set the record straight," which she hopes will be accomplished with the January publication of findings in the Journal of Sex Research.
Fisher continued, "When a man hears a statement like that, he might think there's something wrong with him because he's not spending that much time thinking about sexuality and when women hear about this, if they spend significant time thinking about sex, they might think there's something wrong with them."
Fisher, with help from Zachary Moore and Mary-Jo Pittenger, students in her human sexuality class, searched 283 mostly white and self-identified as heterosexual college students between the ages of 18 and 25 who were enrolled in a psychology research participation program. From that group Fisher and her team randomly designated 59 to record thoughts about food (including hunger, cravings, snacking or cooking) 61 about sleep (dreaming, sleeping, napping, going to bed or needing rest) and 163 about sex; the ones tracking sex were 72 men and 91 women. Initially, before carrying around their golf tally counter to record, Fisher gave participants a questionnaire asking for their estimations about how much they mused about eating, sleeping and sex during the day.Continued on the next page