The survey conducted on 1,500 Europeans and Americans found that the length of dry spells really vary based on relationship status.
Now, a new survey is looking at how men and women spend the time that they’re not using to have sex—and there’s more overlap than you’d think.
The survey, which was conducted on 1,500 Europeans and Americans by British online pharmacy Superdrug Online Doctor, found that the length of dry spells really vary based on relationship status. For single people, the average length of time was two months, while the average for people who are married or in a relationship is one week. (People who are divorced fared the worst—they’re looking at dry spells that tend to last almost three years.)
American men have the worst dry spells—they tend to last a month, compared to their Euro counterparts, who typically tap out at two weeks.
But how people spend that time they’re not having sex is eye-opening. More than 60 percent of men take matters into their own hands (compared to 42 percent of women) and 47 percent say they channel that frustration into exercise. More than 30 percent of men use the time to catch some extra ZZZs, while 28 percent binge-watch TV. And, disturbingly, 15 percent of men resort to “excessive drinking.” Women largely resorted to the same coping mechanisms, but in lieu of drinking heavily, they went shopping.
The survey found that the top reasons for a dry spell when you’re in a relationship included stress, lack of time, physically being away from your partner, feeling unattractive, and the side effects of medication. Men broke the dry spell by talking about it, trying new sex positions, and getting drunk with their partner, among other things. If they were single, they were also willing to simply lower their standards. 47 percent of American were willing to be less picky if it meant having sex.
Meanwhile, 32 percent of women said they tried new sex positions with their partner, and 29 percent vouched for trying new intimate wear or using sex toys. Only 16 percent of single women were willing to lower their standards, though.
So, if you’re in the middle of a dry spell, take comfort in knowing you’re not alone. It’s also apparently a great time to work on your pecs.