Men: Sex, food, sleep -- in that order

  • Article by: BILL WARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 19, 2011 - 4:08 PM

Young men's sexual thoughts are nearly equaled by their food drives, according to a new study.

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A recent study came up with this blockbuster finding: Young men think about sex. A lot.

Actually, here's the real revelation: They think about food almost as often, and about sleep pretty frequently, as well.

Researchers at Ohio State University asked 283 male and female college students, ages 18 to 25, to use a golf tally counter to click whenever a thought about sex, sleep or food entered their heads. The results:

Sex: Men 18.6 times a day, women 9.9.

Sleep: Men 11, women 8.5.

Food: Men 18, women 15.

The findings didn't surprise Eli Coleman, director of the University of Minnesota's Program in Human Sexuality. "I think I would have realized that [sex] is something men think about frequently," he said.

It also makes sense that all three urges occur fairly frequently in both genders, Coleman added, since they are "fundamental drives toward sustaining life. They're all basic appetitive drives. "You need to sleep, eat and drink and have sex."

But do young men really think about sex almost twice as often as do their female counterparts?

"In terms of sex drive and frequency of masturbation," Coleman said, "we've known for a long time that there's a big difference, with men having higher levels of desire.

"But if you ask women, do they think about relationships, I would say their interests in sex and intimacy probably equate to those [of men]."

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