How often do men really think about sex?

Posted on June 25, 2014

We've all been told that men think about you-know-what far too often - every seven seconds, by some accounts. Most of us have entertained this idea for long enough to be skeptical. However, rather than merely wonder about whether this is true, stop for a moment to consider how you could - or could not - prove it.

If we believe the stats, thinking about sex every seven seconds adds up to 514 times an hour. Or approximately 7,200 times during each waking day. Is that a lot? It sounds like a big number to me, I'd imagine it's bigger than the number of thoughts I have about anything in a day. So, here's an interesting question: how is it possible to count the number of mine, or anyone else’s thoughts (sexual or otherwise) over the course of a day?

The scientific attempt to measure thoughts is known to psychologists as "experience sampling". It involves interrupting people as they go about their daily lives and asking them to record the thoughts they are having right at that moment, in that place.

Using this method they found that the average man in their study had 19 thoughts about sex a day. This was more than the women in their study - who had about 10 thoughts a day. However, the men also had more thoughts about food and sleep, suggesting perhaps that men are more prone to indulgent impulses in general. Or they are more likely to decide to count any vague feeling as a thought. Or some combination of both.

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Category(s):Addictions, Sexual Problems / Sex Therapy

Source material from Mind Hacks