Researchers at Penn State have concluded that satisfactory sexual intercourse for couples lasts from three to 13 minutes, contrary to popular fantasy about the need for hours of sexual activity. They arrived at these conclusions by conducting a survey of U.S. and Canadian sex therapists and published their findings in the May issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
In this blog entry, Val Willingham, Medical Producer at CNN, echoes my feelings about this type of research:
“I realize sex studies will continue,” he says. “But wouldn’t it be nice if the money they put into this kind of research could go to finding the cure for breast, prostate or cervical cancer? Who cares if you go three minutes or three hours? If you wake up smiling, that’s all that counts. Put the stopwatches away, and get down to some real research.”