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Is Your Guy Normal When It Comes to Sex?

Penis Size

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The length of an American man’s erection is, on average, slightly more than 5 1/2 inches, according to a 2014 study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. (Only about 2 percent of guys were packing 8 inches or more.) As for girth, the average guy’s shaft is nearly 5 inches around when hard, the same study found.

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The average age at which guys give up their virginity: 17 years old, according to the National Survey of Family Growth.

 

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Protection

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Only a quarter of U.S. men wear a condom every time they have sex, reports the National Survey of Family Growth. Two-thirds say they never bother to cover up, period.

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Introduction to Porn

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Chances are, he was surfing porn sites before he could drive: A study in CyberPsychology & Behavior, researchers found males reported being exposed to pornography for the first time at an average age of 14. By age 18, more than 9 in 10 had taken a peek at porn.

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His Porn Habit

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A new study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior examined the porn habits of men above the age of 18 (with an average age of 24). The results: Six percent of men don’t watch at all in a week’s time; 30 percent watch one to two times a week; 39 percent watch three to give times; 19 percent watch six to 10 times; 7 percent watch 11 or more times. [Tweet this!]

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Number of Partners

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tallied the average number of sexual partners among American men by age: Guys ages 15 to 19 had two partners on average; men 20 to 24 had been with four people; guys 25 to 44 had slept with six.

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When He Wants to Tie the Knot

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Even if you want to tie the knot sooner than later, your boyfriend might have his own ideas about walking down the aisle. In a Her Campus Media survey of 1,176 guys, 43 percent said they hope to say “I do” between ages 25 and 27, a third preferred the 28 to 30 range, and 8 percent wanted to hold off until their early 30s.

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How Long He Lasts

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It may be time to lower your sexpectations: In a new Journal of Sexual Medicine study, women said they’d like sex to last 23 minutes. But most encounters only last 3 minutes and 45 seconds, according to Spreadsheets, an app that tracks users’ sex lives. [Tweet this!]

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How Long He Wants Foreplay to Last

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Women want to fool around for 19 minutes before the main event, but say that guys only devote about 11 minutes to foreplay, a Journal of Sex Research study found. Men estimate foreplay lasts closer to 13 minutes.

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Recovery Time

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The time it takes your partner to bounce back—and jump in the sack for round two—naturally increases with age. So what can you expect from a young man? In a German study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, a group of healthy men in their mid-20s required an average of 19 minutes to recover between sex sessions.

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Desired Frequency

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On average, married guys want to hit the sheets four times a week, while men in dating relationships desire sex just twice a week, according to research in Archives of Sexual Behavior. How often they actually get laid: three times a week for married men, and four times a week for dudes who are dating around.

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How Often He Thinks About Sex

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You’ve probably heard the “Men think about sex every seven seconds” stat. (And then wondered: How do they get any work done?) But the truth is, doing the dirty (only?) crosses guys’ minds 34 times a day, which comes out to one sexual thought every 2,541 seconds, according to a recent study in The Journal of Sex Research. By comparison, women think about sex 19 times a day.

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How Often He Masturbates

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Here’s what a 2010 study, with a nationally representative sample of men, in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found: A quarter of single men ages 18 to 24 (and 14 percent of partnered guys of the same age) report masturbating four or more times per week; about a third of men ages 25 to 29 say the same.

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His Favorite Position

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The average guy may not be as freaky as you think: In a Trojan survey, men’s favorite sex positions were missionary (27 percent) and doggy style (24 percent). [Tweet this!]

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His View on Sex Toys

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More than 80 percent of guys think vibrators make it easier for women to climax, and two-thirds think toys ease the performance pressure they feel in bed, a study in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy found. There’s still some negative news: Thirty percent of men say sex toys are intimidating, and 35 percent think women can become too dependent on them for pleasure.

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His Package Confidence

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Even guys who are average size may feel insecure about what they’ve got below the belt: Only 35 percent of men think the size of their penis is sufficient, a 2014 study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found.

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Has He Tried Anal?

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Overall, 44 percent of all American men have had anal sex with a woman at least once, according to CDC data. How many guys are doing it regularly? When asked if they’d engaged in anal in the last 90 days, 6 percent of men ages 18 to 24, 16 percent of men ages 25 to 29, and 14 percent of men ages 30 to 39 said yes, reports a study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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Has He Faked It?

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Women aren’t the only masters of faux moans: A quarter of men have faked orgasm, according to recent research in The Journal of Sex Research.

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His Most Sensitive Part

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In a recent study from Rockefeller University and Columbia University, guys said the underside of the tip of the penis was the most sensitive part of their genitals (and the area of stimulation associated with the most intense orgasms). Other pleasure zones: the underside of their shaft and the upper side of the tip of their penis.

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Has He Popped an Erection-Enhancing Drug?

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A 2013 study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found that 31 percent of U.S. men have used prescription drugs for erectile dysfunction. One in five of these guys took them without a prescription, and nearly half popped the pills even though they had normal erectile function without the meds. In fact, in another study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 22 percent of healthy men under age 30 reported taking an erection-enhancing drug—sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra), tadalafil (Cialis), or all three—recreationally.

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