Survey reveals exactly how long SEX should last

Pics 21/04/2016

We've always been told that there are "no rules in sex" and that everybody's different... but according to a new study there is an average amount of time that sex should last.

Dr. Brendan Zietsch from the University of Queensland surveyed over 500 couples that were having sex over a four week period.

He asked them each to time how long they "lasted" in the bedroom over that time-period, and has now revealed what the average time was.

"Measuring an average time to ejaculation is not a straightforward matter,” Zietsch explained.

“What about just asking people how long they take, you say? Well, there are two main problems with this. One is that people are likely to be biased upwards in their time estimates, because it’s socially desirable to say you go long into the night. The other problem is that people don’t necessarily know how long they go for. Sex isn’t something people normally do while monitoring the bedside clock, and unassisted time measuring may be difficult during a spontaneous lovemaking session."

Overall, the study found that actual 'penetration' lasted anywhere from 33 seconds to 44 minutes, but the average time across the board was 5 minutes and 40 seconds (and that's NOT including foreplay if you were wondering).

So... are you aligned with the average time?

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