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Psychological Institute - Developmental Psychology: Adulthood


According to a common stereotype, men are much more likely to think about sex than women. A popular myth has it that, on average, men think about sex every seven seconds. In the past few decades, studies have also increased in the scientific literature showing that men, when asked retrospectively about their thoughts on everyday life, admit that they thought about sex significantly more often than women. So is it true that men mostly have sex on their minds?

A team of researchers from Ohio State University took a closer look at this question. You conducted a study with 283 female and male people. It was important to them to capture the thoughts of their test subjects as promptly as possible. In doing so, they wanted to avoid the judgments being distorted by already preconceived opinions and gender stereotypes. For this reason, they gave the participants in their study counters such as those used in golf or for traffic documentation and asked them to press the counters for a week whenever they were thinking about sex. They also asked two other groups of students to do the same when they were thinking of either eating or sleeping.

The results of the study show that men actually think of sex a little more often than women, although the value is well below the “every seven seconds” myth, an average of 34 times a day. The women thought about sex an average of 19 times a day. The figures also show that there are large differences between individuals, especially among men. Men stated that they thought about sex between 1 and 388 times a day, while the maximum value for women was 140 times a day.

Interestingly, men also thought about eating (25 times a day) and sleeping (29 times) more often than women, who pressed the counter on average 15 times on the subject of eating and 13 times on the subject of sleeping. So could it be that men are generally more concerned with their personal needs than women? The authors of the study assume that differences in socialization play an important role here. Because women would be raised more to focus on the needs of others and put their own in the background, they are less aware of their own physical needs. Future research must show whether this interpretation is actually correct.

Bibliography:
Fisher, T. D., Moore, Z. T., & Pittenger, M.-J. (2012). Sex on the brain ?: An examination of frequency of sexual cognitions as a function of gender, erotophilia, and social desirability. Journal of Sex Research, 49 (1), 69-77. doi: 10.1080 / 00224499.2011.565429

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