The results of a major study exploring the masturbation habits of men and women around the world have just been revealed. Sexual pleasure brand TENGA, in conjunction with pollsters PSB, conducted the masturbation study and polled 13,000 men and women, aged 18 to 74, in 18 countries. This included the United States, India, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Russia and Germany.
It identified a handful of differences between LGB people and straight people. These include gay/bi people saying they started masturbating, on average at age 13, compared with 15 for heterosexuals.
Some major takeaways from that study included:
- Globally, on average, 78% of people masturbate. This figure tends to be higher for men than women.
- Globally, gay and bisexual individuals are 23% more likely to masturbate weekly than their heterosexual counterparts.
- In the United States, 84% of Americans masturbate.
- Those who identify as gay or bisexual are also more likely to have tried masturbation. In the United Kingdom, 97% of gay/lesbian and bisexual respondents said they had tried masturbation, compared to 86% of heterosexual respondents.
- 79% of respondents say they choose to masturbate in their bedroom, while 15% prefer the shower. Less frequent responses included “in the Jacuzzi,” “in the office” or just “outside.”
- The top three reasons given for masturbation are: To achieve pleasure, to relieve sexual tension and to de-stress. Other reasons included: To aid sleep, boredom, to help improve sexual performance, to explore their bodies and desires or because their partner is uninterested or unavailable.
- The top 5 male celebrities American fantasize about while masturbating are: Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Cruise and Chris Pratt.
UK-based psychotherapist Jane Czyzselska wonders if the difference in numbers is that straight people are more likely to think that masturbation is wrong or sinful.
She suggests, “I wonder if there’s something about a certain kind of conservative heteronormativity that attaches shameful narratives to masturbation? I’m thinking of patriarchal religions that consider it sinful … or that to self-pleasure whilst in a monogamous relationship suggests that something is missing?
“If this were so, perhaps then the gay, bi and lesbian folk who are less likely to pay heed to such conservative belief systems, enjoy masturbation whether in or outside of relationships, alone or with other sexual partners?”