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Men may think about sex more often than women do, but a new study suggests that men also think about other biological needs, such as eating and sleep, more frequently than women do, as well.

And the research discredits the persistent stereotype that men think about sex every seven seconds, which would amount to more than 8,000 thoughts about sex in 16 waking hours. In the study, the median number of young men’s thought about sex stood at almost 19 times per day. Young women in the study reported a median of nearly 10 thoughts about sex per day.

As a group, the men also thought about food almost 18 times per day and sleep almost 11 times per day, compared to women’s median number of thoughts about eating and sleep, at nearly 15 times and about 8 1/2 times, respectively.

“Since we looked at those other types of need-related thoughts, we found that it appears that there’s not just a sex difference with regard to thoughts about sex, but also with regard to thoughts about sleep and food,” she said. “That’s very significant. This suggests males might be having more of these thoughts than women are or they have an easier time identifying the thoughts. It’s difficult to know, but what is clear is it’s not uniquely sex that they’re spending more time thinking about, but other issues related to their biological needs, as well.” –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a scene from two points of view – male and female. Include inner monologue.

Journaling Prompt: How often do you find yourself thinking about basic needs? Which do you think about most frequently?

Art Prompt: What are you thinking about?

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4 Responses to Prompt #264 What do Men and Women Think About?

  1. This is great. And I know for a fact: men think about sleep way, way more than women do.

    • Liz says:

      I think about sleep a LOT! Too much reading, not enough sleeping – that’s me!

      • You & me both, Liz! Sleep is almost like a kidnapper, stealing me away from my beloved reading at night.

        I do think men are more… primal, lets say. I thought the SNL “Real Housewives of Disney” where Cinderella was bagging on her gay husband, “Never marry a man who’s real hung up on shoes,” was hilarious.
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        • Liz says:

          Beverly, I’m at my blogging group right now and we all laughed like crazy at this commend. Awesome! I have to find that online because I missed SNL on Saturday. Thanks for that! I agree. Men are more primal. That is the perfect word for men!

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