A study conducted by psychologists at Ohio State University (OSU) reveals what most people probably already knew – men think about sex more than women. While the average male doesn’t ponder a roll in the hay every few seconds as the old adage goes, researchers found that men think about doing the nasty 18 times a day, while women only think about doing the horizontal mambo 10 times in 24 hours, according to LiveScience.
There were other thoughts that seemed to be on the minds of men more than women. In addition to sex, men thought about food and sleep with equal frequency. Likewise, women were less likely to occupy their mind with these topics.
“In other words, there was nothing special about sexual thoughts,” Terri Fisher, a psychologist at OSU, told the news organization. “Males thought more about any of the health-related thoughts compared to females, not just thoughts about sex.”
Researches asked 163 college-aged women and 120 college-aged men to carry around counters that would allow them to mark down every time they had a thought about sex. This method may prove more successful than other studies that have attempted to chart sex thoughts, as many previous research initiatives asked individuals to recall how often they thought about sex, rather than keep track in real-time.
Though the average numbers showed that men had sex on the brain more than women, researchers were quick to point out that the numbers varied for individual participants. One man thought about sex 388 times in one day, or every 158 seconds during his waking hours.
It’s essential for both men and women who are sexually active to be aware of safe sex practices and know how to use a condom. Contraceptives not only prevent unwanted pregnancy, they also protect individuals against sexually transmitted infections.