People might brag about how long they can shake it in the sack, but now we’ve got scientific evidence on how long sex actually lasts, and the results are worth writing home about.
Doctor Brendan Zietsch from the University of Queensland gave 500 couples a stopwatch to time themselves having sex over a four week period, and let’s just say those seemingly never-ending steamy sessions were in reality, probably over pretty quickly.
The stopwatch was especially important for monitoring the duration of the sex, because people tend to exaggerate otherwise.
“Measuring an average time to ejaculation is not a straightforward matter,” he wrote on The Conversation. “What about just asking people how long they take, you say? Well, there are two main problems with this. One is that people are likely to be biased upwards in their time estimates, because it’s socially desirable to say you go long into the night. The other problem is that people don’t necessarily know how long they go for. Sex isn’t something people normally do while monitoring the bedside clock, and unassisted time measuring may be difficult during a spontaneous lovemaking session.”
No, keeping an eye on the time during sexy time isn’t something we normally do, you’re right Dr Zietsch. That would be just a little bit awkward...
The specifics of the study? Participants had to start the stopwatch upon penetration and stop it at the point of ejaculation.
Apparently, “The average time for each couple (that is, averaged across all the times they had sex) ranged from 33 seconds to 44 minutes,” he wrote.
Now, that’s a HUGE difference.
However the average across all couples, was 5.4 minutes.
Surprisingly, a condom didn’t affect the length of time the sex lasted, nor did whether the man was circumcised or not.
We should also note that the older the couple was, the shorter the sex.
So, there you go. Go forth and bonk for as long or as little as you can/want!
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