Men may think about sex more than women, but may not obsess over it the way conventional wisdom suggests. Men ponder sex 19 times a day, according to an Ohio State University study. That leaves plenty of time for them to think about other biological needs, like eating and sleep, which they also contemplate more frequently than women.
The research results debunk the much disseminated idea that men think about sex every seven seconds, which would amount to more than 8,000 thoughts about sex in the waking hours. According to the study, the truth is that thoughts of eating are nearly as frequent as thoughts of sex for men. The research found men think about food almost 18 times a day and ponder sleep around 11 times daily.
The disparity between men and women is pretty big in terms of sexual thoughts. The study says women have nearly 10 sexual thoughts daily. Ladies also thought of eating 15 times daily and sleep 8.5 times a day. It seems men are doing more thinking about their biological needs than women.
But the best indicator of how often a person thinks about sex appears to be his or her comfort with sexuality.
“If you had to know one thing about a person to best predict how often they would be thinking about sex, you’d be better off knowing their 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 the study’s lead author.
The study involved 163 female and 120 male college students between the ages of 18 and 25.