Tuesday, April 5, 2016

How long DOES sex normally last?


So it's clear there's no one 'normal' amount of time to have sex. The average (median, technically) across all couples, though, was 5.4 minutes. This means that if you line up the 500 couples from shortest sex to longest sex, the middle couple goes for an average of 5.4 minutes each time they do it.
For example, condom use didn't seem to affect the time, and neither did men's being circumcised or not.
This challenges some conventional wisdom regarding penile sensitivity and its relationship to staying power in the sack.
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).
WHY DO WE HAVE SEX FOR SO LONG? 
The older the couple, the shorter the sex. This is contrary to the prevailing wisdom, probably peddled by older men, that they last longer, Dr Zietsch said (file photo)

There were some interesting secondary results, too. 

The older the couple, the shorter the sex. This is contrary to the prevailing wisdom, probably peddled by older men, that they last longer, Dr Zietsch said (file photo)
As an evolutionary researcher, all this talk of how long sex lasts make me wonder: 'Why does it last any time at all?'All sex really needs to achieve, it seems, is to put sperm into the vagina. Why all the thrusting and bumping? Instead of sliding the penis in and out many hundreds of times per sexual session, why not just put it in once, ejaculate, and then go have a lemonade and get on with the rest of the day?Before you say, 'because it's fun to go in and out', remember evolution doesn't care about fun per se – it generally only 'designs' things to be enjoyable if they helped our ancestors pass on their genes to future generations. For example, even though we like eating food, we don't chew each mouthful of it for five minutes just to make the enjoyment last longer. Dr Zietsch explained the evolutionary reason why we engage in lengthy penetration may be because  the ridge of a penis scoops out existing sperm from the vagina. This allows that particular man's sperm to reach the egg

Dr Zietsch explained the evolutionary reason why we engage in lengthy penetration may be because  the ridge of a penis scoops out existing sperm from the vagina. This allows that particular man's sperm to reach the egg
That would be inefficient, and so we've evolved to find it gross.Why we last so long is a pretty complicated question with no clear answer, but a clue may be in the way the penis is shaped. In 2003, researchers showed – using artificial vaginas, artificial penises, and artificial sperm (corn syrup) – that the ridge around the head of the penis actually scoops out pre-existing syrup from the vagina.What this suggests is that men's repeated thrusting might function to displace other men's semen before ejaculating, ensuring their own swimmers have a better chance of reaching the egg first. Incidentally, this could explain why it becomes painful for a man to continue thrusting after ejaculating, since that would risk scooping out his own semen as well.So what to do with this information? My advice would be to try not to think about it during the throes of passion.

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