Men Think About Sex 19 Times a Day

Men Think About Sex 19 Times a Day

By Miles Holden on November 30, 2011

A new sex study from Ohio State University debunks the myth that men think about sex every 7 seconds. If it were true that men thought about sex every 7 seconds that would mean your average dude would have approximately 8,000 thoughts about sex in a 16 hour day. Seems like a lot, doesn’t it? Turns out it is.

The study asked 163 female students and 120 male students between the ages of 18 to 25 to track how many times a day they thought about sex, food, and sleep (59 participants were asked to track thoughts about food, 61 had to track thoughts about sleep, and 163 about sex).

“Researchers gave each student a tally counter and told those assigned to the sexual thoughts condition to click the device for every sex thought, including sexual activity of any kind, fantasies and erotic images, sexual memories and any arousing stimuli.” (

The results of the study although way off the “every 7 seconds” mark weren’t that surprising; confirming that men do indeed think about sex more than women at an average of 19 thoughts per day, while women think about sex approximately 10 times per day.

Interestingly enough, men on average also think about food and sleep way more often than women… I wonder if any of these researchers ever asked themselves whether thoughts of sex, food, and sleep had a causal relationship, because I can tell you from personal experience that sex, food, and sleep often come as a trio and in that order.

How about you, how often do you think about sex? I’d like to know if ZZ readers have a higher libido than good old university students. It wouldn’t be fair if I kept track of how many times a day I think about sex when my job requires me to think about it all day long. So come on now, keep track of it for one day and report back.

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