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While men do, in fact, think about sex more than women, it’s not an exclusive thought. Men also like to think about eating and sleeping. And they think about those activities more than women too.
New research aims to discredit the long held belief that men think about sex all the time or at least more than half the waking day. In the study, men recorded thoughts about sex almost 19 times per day. Women thought about sex 10 times a day.
Men also thought about food 18 times a day compared to a woman’s 15 times. And they thought about sleeping 11 times versus a woman’s 8 times. These thoughts belong to college aged students.
“If you know one thing about a person to best predict how often they would be thinking about sex, you’d be better off knowing heir emotional orientation toward sexuality, as opposed to knowing whether they were male or female,” said Terri Fisher, professor of psychology at Ohio State University’s Mansfield campus and lead author. “Frequency of thinking about sex is related to variables beyond one’s biological sex.”
It’s an important differentiation and we should all give men a break.
“It’s amazing the way people will spout off these fake statistics that men think about sex nearly constantly and so much more often than women do,” Fisher explained. “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.”
And men think about a variety of things. They also think about food and sleep.
“Since we looked at those other types of need-related thoughts, we found that it appears that there’s not just a sex difference with regard to thoughts about sex, but also with regard to thoughts about sleep and food,” she said. “That’s very significant. This suggest males might be having more of these thoughts then women are or they have an easier time identifying the thoughts. It’s difficult to know, but what is clear is it’s not uniquely sex that they’re spending more time thinking about, but other issues related to their biological needs, as well.”
As the hunter and traditional provider, it makes sense. Physical health and stamina are important. And you can’t deny that procreation is pretty critical too.
Source: Journal of Sex Research, ScienceDaily
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