Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis
It's part of human nature to compare ourselves with others, whether in our careers, social life, or romantic relationships. We can't help but wonder if our habits and desires are "normal," and that's especially true when it comes to our sexual experiences—something not everyone feels comfortable speaking about openly. Luckily, a recent survey has revealed one burning question about sex that most of us are curious about but may be too shy to ask: How long should it last?
Health recently shared the findings of UK-based dating website Saucy Dates, which polled women and men on the amount of time they wished sex (not counting foreplay) would last. The results? It turns out that both genders had roughly the same idea, revealing that their ideal duration of intercourse is about 25 minutes long.
According to the survey, women want their ideal sex session to last 25 minutes and 51 seconds, while men say 25 minutes and 43 seconds is their optimal time in bed (or wherever they decide to do it). The reality, however, tells a different story, with the average romp lasting about 16 minutes, the survey finds.
The poll also revealed how other countries stacked up against one another. American came in first at 17 minutes and 5 seconds, Canadians made love for exactly 17 minutes, and Brits got it done in 16 minutes and 58 seconds. It also found that men were in their sexual prime in their 30s—or at least when it comes to keeping things going.
Now that you know how long the average lovemaking session lasts, read up on the benefits of sex next.