This was too amusing to pass up. Aren’t we all tremendously relieved to know that men do not in fact think of sex every 7 seconds? It turns out, it’s at somewhat more graspable intervals.
Now, as to who started the 7-second rumor long, long ago – who can say? And the once an hour update? Does that stat rate any cred, given that it’s a study with such a small and narrow demographic?
As for sex flash, that’s my term for a passing thought, a visual, an urge, a whatever the interpreters of such data might choose to include.
By the way, may I specify that the population in the study in question is comprised of 120 college students aged 18 to 25? Now there’s a representative sample!
But not to worry. There were also 163 women on hand for comparative purposes, and conclusions that nonetheless may prove no surprise.
Lest you doubt my (dubious?) reportage – the Huffington Post article I’m referencing states:
men do think about sex more than women… but nowhere near as frequently as the oft-quoted, origin-unknown “every seven seconds” … And men don’t think about sex much more than they think about food (18 times a day) and sleep (11 times a day), the research showed.
You see? Men and women are more alike than we realize! And our mommas didn’t steer us entirely wrong telling us the way to a man’s heart was through his stomach. It’s just not the only way.
May I add that as the mother of two college sons, I can anecdotally vouch for the persistence of thoughts on food? I base this on the Empty Fridge Syndrome (do consult your DSM) – when my young gentlemen and friends gather in the house.
Likewise, with sample data of approximately 17 teens in periodic residence, I can authenticate the instances of sleep. Surely that number is sufficient for extrapolation to the entire male population, no?
I always wondered about the 7-second statistic, imagining that some bored researcher had watched Tom Ewell and Marilyn Monroe a few too many times (a surplus of six perhaps?) and simply landed on Lucky Seven as pleasing to his postulating palate.
There is a bit more to the study (and the article). All of which leaves me shaking my head.
- How many other gender myths are yet to be busted – or for that matter – created?
- How many of our tuition dollars are being used for similarly critical research pursuits?