This rather saucy myth has been doing the rounds for decades, but do men really have sex on the brain so often? Dr Max Pemberton is back to myth busting…. It's rumoured that it originates from the Kinsey Institute, founded in at Indiana University to investigate sexual behaviour , but the institute has never published research on men thinking about sex. The myth clearly resonates with the idea that men are obsessed with sex , so it's often quoted by reputable sources as fact. If the average man is awake for 16 hours a day, that would mean he'd have to think about sex 57, times a day.
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biology - Do men think about sex every 7 seconds? - Skeptics Stack Exchange
CBS What are men always thinking about? A surprising new study suggests it's more than just sex. It's been estimated that men think about sex every seven seconds - or 8, times in 16 waking hours. To put that theory to the test, researchers enlisted female and male college students. All were given handheld tally counters, and 59 students were asked to track thoughts and cravings about food, 61 tracked sleep thoughts, and tracked sexual thoughts of any kind. The researchers also surveyed the participants beforehand to estimate how often they thought about these basic needs.
Men think about sex every 7 seconds? What study says
Victor Minichiello receives funding from Australian Research Council for his research on sexuality. Mitra Rashidian does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. According to a recent study from Ohio State University, young men think about sex 19 times per day.
Even when the idea lacks this mythical specificity and grandiosity that's 7, times a day! And so, it is possible to attach all kinds of bogus statistics to the feeling that men are sex-crazed pigs. But the actual number of times that men think about sex in a day is not clear-cut in scientific research. There is no perfect technology that taps into one's sexy brain waves. What researchers really do is come up with clever ways of asking people what they're thinking about.