Sex is supposed to be fun. However, many couples in committed relationships still find ways to let insecurities spoil what should otherwise be a good time. Questioning how often you’re supposed to be doing it or how you physically hold up is a sure-fire way to sabotage yourself in the bedroom. Of course, one of the biggest mysteries of sex has always been how long you’re supposed to last, but thanks to a new study, we now have to wonder no longer.
A psychologist from the University of Queensland in Australia, Dr. Brendan Zietsch, studied the sex habits of 500 couples from all around the world over a four week period, asking them to use a stopwatch to time themselves doing the deed. The study was limited to heterosexual couples, however, because the time started at P into V penetration and stopped at ejaculation.
The study found that from one extreme to the other, sex times ranged from 33 seconds to 44 minutes, with an average, median time of 5.4 minutes. (If you ask me, Johnny 44 minutes probably threw off the curve, though.)
The study also happened upon some other interesting findings, such as that neither condom use or circumcision affected sex times.
It didn’t much matter which country the couples came from either – unless they came from Turkey, in which case their sex tended to be significantly shorter (3.7 minutes) than couples from other countries (Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States).
Another surprising finding was that the older the couple, the shorter the sex, contrary to the prevailing wisdom (probably peddled by older men).
The big takeaway here? As long as all parties involved are having a fun, sexy time — whether it lasts 30 seconds or 30 minutes — who cares what everybody else is doing?
(Via Daily Mail)