Old stats show that men think about sex about every seven seconds, but according to a new study, men actually ponder on sleep and food as much as they do on sex. Research shows that the average thoughts about sex by men between the age of 16 to 24, was 18 times a day to women’s 10 times a day.
“In other words, there was nothing special about sexual thoughts,” said study researcher Terri Fisher, a psychologist at The Ohio State University. “Males think more about any of the health-related thoughts compared to females, not just thoughts about sex.”
Sex, Sleep, and Snacks
On average, Fisher said, the men in the study thought about sex slightly more than once each waking hour and women about half that. However, men paid no greater attention to sex than they did food and sleep, Fisher found. That difference could be a real one in which men are just more aware of their physical state at any given time, she said.
“There are stereotypes about women and sexuality and about women and food,” Fisher said, and women who indicated on questionnaires that they cared more about what others thought about them were less likely to report food and sex-based thoughts. They were equally like to report their sleep-based thoughts, which aren’t so subject to stereotypes, Fisher said. The finding suggests that women, but not men, are influenced by social desirability concerns in what they were thinking or what they would admit to thinking.
The study has limitations, including the fact that people tend not to have isolated thoughts. The data also doesn’t show whether an individual thought is a one-second passing notion or a full-on 10-minute sexual fantasy. The study was limited to college students, but Fisher currently has research under way on adults ages 25 and up. She said she hopes to get to the truth of the sex difference stories that get passed around in popular culture.
Written by: Omoefe Ohworakpo
Culled From: LiveScience
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