Masturbating at least four times a week may make you happier, healthier and more likely to find a job.
That’s the conclusion from a new survey of 1,200 Americans ages 18-74 that is being unveiled Saturday on the first of a two-day sex expo.
“The survey found that frequent masturbators, or those who masturbate at least four times per week, visit the doctor less often due to illness, have higher body confidence, are more likely to be employed and have triple the number of orgasms than those who masturbate less frequently (or not at all),” the Japanese company Tenga announced.
Tenga, a male sex toy firm, found that 42 percent of all respondents masturbate at least once a week, “with 20 percent doing so four or more times per week.” The survey assessed key trends and attitudes across gender, generation, sexual orientation and relationship status.
“I’m thrilled to see that so many Americans are taking their sexual well being into their own hands. And even more happy to learn that over half of the survey respondents are comfortable discussing masturbation with their partners,” said Chris Donaghue, a sex therapist Ph.D. and TENGA brand ambassador who will be presenting the results of the survey at the Brooklyn sex expo.
“We still have a long way to go to destigmatize sexual health education in the United States, but this survey indicates that frequent masturbators may experience a number of positive emotional and physical health benefits.”
Results also indicated that “89 percent of respondents who have talked to a significant other about masturbation have had an overall positive experience,” the company said.
“And while nearly 50 percent of people believe openly discussing masturbation would make society better, only 32 percent have ever had that conversation with a close friend, indicating that a level of embarrassment lingers around the topic. However, 57 percent of those currently in a committed relationship say they have talked about it with their significant other.”
The company was quoted as identifying “key findings from the survey about frequent masturbators, those who masturbate at least four times per week:”
- Frequent masturbators spend approximately 19 minutes masturbating per session, six minutes longer on average than those who masturbate three times or less per week.
- Frequent masturbators are 13 percent more likely to have a gym membership, with 41 percent saying they work out at least four days per week.
- Those who masturbate four times a week or more are 23 percent more likely to agree that masturbation before exercise or sports helps their athletic performance.
- Frequent masturbators are eight percent more likely to be employed, either full or part-time, than others.
- Frequent masturbators are 15 percent more likely to be comfortable discussing masturbation with partners whom they’re not in a relationship with, and nine percent more likely to be comfortable discussing with partners in a committed relationship.
“Key findings from the survey about overall respondents include:”
- 47 percent of all survey respondents who have ever masturbated agree it’s a “good idea” to masturbate before a first date. Frequent masturbators are 16 percent more likely to masturbate before a job interview and 11 percent more likely before big family gatherings.
- 66 percent of Americans age 18-74 agree that masturbation is “Good for your health,” and 58 percent of those who masturbate see it as a part of their health and wellness routine.
- Masturbating with a partner is relatively common: only 39 percent of Americans age 18-74 say they have never masturbated with a partner.
- One-third of Americans age 18-74 currently own at least one sex toy, including 24 percent of men and 41 percent of women.
A Tenga statement said the company “encourages Americans to masturbate frequently for a healthier, more confident life.
“Tenga also hopes to elevate the conversation around masturbation, prompting people to discuss the topic with loved ones, such as friends and significant others.”
Full survey results are available at www.UnitedStatesofMasturbation.com.
“From August 31 -September 6, Tenga surveyed 1,200 Americans age 18-74 to better understand Americans’ opinions on topics related to general health and well-being, sexuality, masturbation, and male sex toys. Quotas were set by age, which was separated into generational groups, and gender,” according to the company. There was no word of how the survey was conducted, nor whether it adhered to generally accepted statistical techniques.
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