Despite our sexually saturated society, Americans are surprisingly naïve about what’s true and what’s not about sex—and some myths just won’t die.
Here, the most common myths and the truth…
MEN THINK ABOUT SEX ALL THE TIME
It’s been widely reported—and often repeated in social media—that men think about sex every seven seconds. That would mean that men are having sexual thoughts about every time they take a breath. Impossible!
But men do think about sex more often than women do. In one study, 54% of the men surveyed said that they had sexual thoughts every day or several times a day. Among women, 19% thought about sex with the same frequency.
MEN DOING THE LAUNDRY TURNS WOMEN ON
True or false: A man who really wants sex should simply roll up his sleeves and do a load of laundry. His wife will tear his clothes off.
Answer: True and false. Women report higher levels of marital satisfaction when husbands help out around the house. And marital satisfaction is correlated with sexual desire in some studies, so perhaps housework will lead to satisfaction and satisfaction will lead to more desire.
But the laundry itself may be incidental—or, paradoxically, even detrimental. Data from the National Survey of Families and Households showed that couples actually had less sex when men did more of the “core” housework (laundry, dishes, cleaning house, etc.), compared with couples in which the men did more traditional “man-typed” tasks, such as car repairs and yard work.