Better Than Sex? 11 Things People Would Rather Do

Catch up on paperwork? Drink hot chocolate? You won’t believe what people are skipping sex to do.

What could possibly be better than†sex with the one you†love? Well, according to science, a lot of things really.

And it’s not to say that sex isn’t still important to people, but sometimes other things take priority. Like bacon.

A recent study revealed that 40 percent of British men would rather cheer on their favorite soccer game than score in the bedroom. What other things are triggering “not tonight, honey” excuses from both men and women? See the scientifically-proven, better-than-sex activities below.

1. Avoid Car Shopping
Car shopping is stressful, everyone can agree on that. But, a car-shopping site, just released a†survey revealing just how awful it can be. So horrifying that people would skip sex to avoid bargaining for their new ride. In fact, one in five Americans would rather give up sex for a month than haggle over the price of a car. Yep, to 21 percent of Americans avoiding a haggle is worth a dry spell.

2. Eat
Keep the Godiva out of the bedroom. In 2012,†TODAY and revealed that 1 in 3 singles would choose food over sex if they had to pick. The grub your partner would drop you for? Chocolate (26 percent) and steak (25 percent).

But the food-loving doesn’t stop there. In a brand new†study, 74 percent of French women said they’d rather eat than have sex. And, 25 percent surveyed said they actually get more pleasure out of food than lovemaking. (I mean, have you tried the food in Paris?!) About half would skip a romp in the sack for chocolate, followed by cheese (39 percent). Somewhere in France, there are a lot of confused boyfriends crying right now.

3. Eat Bacon, Specifically
What’s the food men and women can both agree is better than sex? Whether in a Bloody Mary, inside a chocolate bar or right next to your scrambled eggs, bacon takes the cake (which is probably also filled with bacon) on the pleasure scale, according to a†survey conducted by Maple Leaf Foods Inc. When given the choice between bacon and sex, 43 percent of Canadians went with the crispy meat. As for Americans? There hasn’t been a study on bacon versus sex just yet but judging by wedding cakes like†this, TV shows like†this and four-hour tours like†this, we think the majority of the US would agree.

4. Use Their Smartphone
In our digital era, it’s no surprise we’re all addicted to our smartphones. Heck, 44 percent of us are sleeping with them. But even more than having a small panic attack when we get the 20 percent low battery notification and don’t have our charger nearby, our iPhone is more important to us than an†orgasm. When asked to rank what they can’t live without, US adults revealed they favor their smartphones over sex in a survey by†Harris Interactive. Maybe we really are†dating our mobile devices.

5. Sleep
More and more we hear how important a good night’s sleep is for our well-being and our relationship. But for women specifically, catching zzz’s are more valuable than sexy time. According to the†Better Sleep Council, almost 80 percent of women admitted they would rather get some shuteye than get intimate. Sorry guys, but maybe she’s dreaming of you during her slumber.

More from YourTango:†This Just In: These Women Are Having The Most Orgasms

6. Own A Plasma TV
Dating a coach potato? We already know there’s a good chance his bacon, egg and cheese is keeping him out of the bedroom, but there’s another thing, too. A†survey from the UK shows half of men would rather have a plasma TV than sex. A 50-inch Plasma TV, to be exact.

But, that’s not a total relationship-killer because another†study out of the UK from NOW TV shows women would rather watch their favorite TV show than get freaky. Hey, at least everyone across the pond is on the same page with their dry spells.

7. Drink Hot Chocolate
Bad news for Irish dudes on cold winter days. According to a study by†Cadbury,†70 percent of of Irish women admit to prefering hot chocolate to sex. Sometimes the sweet stuff just hits the spot better.

More from YourTango:†6 Major Advantages Of Having Sex With Robots (But No, Really)

8. Watch Soccer
It’s true, he really does love his team ó like a lot. A†survey from online sex toy retailer Bondara†revealed that 40 percent of British men would choose watching an afternoon soccer match over getting it on. And, it’s even worse for the ladies dating Queens Park Rangers fans ó 57 percent of their guys choose their team over sex. I guess I won’t be filiing out a profile for† anytime soon.

9. Masturbate
Yes, solo sex is technically is a type of sex, but it’s one that doesn’t include your partner. And while men seem to be the experts at masturbating, it’s something women certainly value in their lives. According to an infographic from†JimmyJane, a surprising 41 percent of women say they enjoy self-pleasure over having actual sex.

More from YourTango:†World Cup Of Sex: These Countries Score Big In The Bedroom

10. Catch Up On Paperwork

Talk about a wild night! In the NOW TV study, women admitted they’d prefer to catch up on paperwork than have a passionate night in bed with their partner. That one’s gotta hurt. We hope for everyone’s sake those papers are†really interesting.

11. Read A Book
Maybe they were in the middle of an erotic novel when they took the survey, but women from the NOW TV study ranked reading a book over having sex. For their husbands’ sake, we hope the house is filled with chocolate, bacon and a plasma TV.

What would you give up sex for? Tell us in the comments below.

by Michelle Toglia, from YourTango

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Pills P11 months ago


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Magdalena J.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you!

Dale O.

There is always something for everyone, I guess. Some strange studies out there.

Nora McKellar
Nora McKellar3 years ago

seriously?? really says something about the way our society is heading that people are willing to give up sex for their smartphones.

personally nothing on that list, except sleep, is worth passing on sex for lol

Susan T.
Susan T3 years ago

seriously? How about cuddle. make out. snuggle. as we both age, we are not as randy as we used to be but intimacy is still important.

Francesca A-S
Past Member 3 years ago

I don't really find it that surprising to be honest. I have no interest in it at all. But I think that could just me me, haha.

Dave Youngman
Dave Youngman3 years ago

I have to agree with a few posts ... a good relaxing full body massage which always leads up to some wunnerful SEX!! The massage reduces/eliminates the STRESS and gets all those nerve endings starting to yell, ' HEY! What about ME?"

Transiting from a massage to sex is about the same distance you can stick your tongue out.


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Definitely the most mind blowing experience of my life...*
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Having my g-spot stimulated is the most intense sexual experience I have ever had. My fb and I will meet for hours, and he can make me cum so many times we could not possibly count. I can have over a hundred orgasms in one meeting. It is incredible, the best way that I can describe it is that it not only rocks your entire body, but there is also a point of almost losing consciousness.
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Lily S.
Lily S3 years ago

No one multitasks anymore?

Phil M.
Phil M3 years ago

This article has to be a joke ?

Sarah Addis
Sarah Addis3 years ago

Well, 3 out of 11 isn't too bad !!!