How Often Do Men Think About Sex, Really?

Originally published on December 14, 2011, on

Ever wonder where the claim that men think about sex every seven seconds came from? It’s so widely known that Snopes has debunked it and we can assure you it’s not based on scientific research. A study from an Ohio State University shows that the real number is more like every 4,275 seconds, or about once an hour—not so different from how often women in the study thought about sex (about once every two hours). Men in the study were also more likely than women to think about other physical desires, including sleep and eating.

As if this study weren’t awesome enough already, it also looked at whether men were more likely than women to report thinking about sex simply because it’s such a common and accepted stereotype about them. Sure enough, the study found that gender had less to do with how often people thought about sex than whether they felt positive about sex in general. In other words, the more positively men and women felt about sex, the more they thought about it. The study also found that women who were more concerned about what their peers thought of them reported thinking about sex less often (no difference for men in that department). Apparently sometimes quality and quantity do go hand in hand. Now go think about something sexy. [Medical Express]

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Lindsay K
Lindsay K5 days ago

Thanks for sharing

Chad A
Chad A9 days ago

All I know is enough to be too much of a distraction...

Carole R
Carole R9 days ago

Thanks for posting.

sheena a
sheena a18 days ago


Ana V
Ana Váquez19 days ago

very interesting

lisbett C
lisbett C27 days ago

Well, I do think that as we get older this frequency might change with our hormonal levels. I also have a theory that one of the reasons that men think about sex more often is that they are constantly "handling" them selves whenever they pee. How can it not cross their minds?:))

Gino C
Gino C29 days ago

thank you

Jodi F
Jodi Fabout a month ago

I think every 7 seconds sounds more realistic!

Billie Sumrell
Billie Sumrellabout a month ago

It would be interesting to know how often men have "naughty thoughts" about women they see and find "interesting", that are NOT their wifes/significant others. And I am not just talking about noticing some skirt or pair of nice legs, but the "next level" of interest.

Steve McCrea
Steve McCreaabout a month ago

Glad to get the real data, but saying that once every two hours is "about the same" as once an hour is a total scientific fallacy. It's half as frequent, a very significant difference in any scientific analysis. Once an hour does not equal once every two hours, except maybe for astronomers, who deal in factors of ten.