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Study Reveals That Gay Men Masturbate More Than Straight Men

Gay and bisexual people are also 23% more likely to masturbate weekly than straight people.

Gay Men Masturbate More Than Straight Men

Sexual pleasure brand TENGA, in conjunction with pollsters PSB, surveyed 13,000 men and women, aged 18-74, in 18 countries. This included the US, India, UK, Australia, Japan, Russia and Germany. It identified a handful of differences between gay/bisexual people and straight people.

Key findings of the survey include:

🍆 Gay and bisexual people are also 23% more likely to masturbate weekly than straight people.

🍆 Those who identify as gay or bisexual are also more likely to have tried masturbation. For example, in the UK, 97% of gay/lesbian and bisexual respondents said they had tried masturbation, compared to 86% of heterosexual respondents

🍆 Gay/bi people started masturbating, on average, when aged 13, compared with 15 for heterosexuals.

Dominic Davies, a psychologist and founder of Pink Therapy in the UK, said he was surprised by age-difference results of his masturbation surveys. He said masturbation tends to coincide with the onset of puberty unless there are strong cultural injunctions against it, although for many gay people, ‘opportunities for partnered sex in one’s early teens are greatly reduced – so this might account for solo sexual experimentation.’

He agreed that LGBT people can be more experimental when it comes to exploring sexual pleasure.

‘I think LGBT people are generally more experimental as we’re not relying on the heteronormative ‘gold standard’ of penis-in-vagina sex.’

Michael Dale Kimmel is a gay psychologist based in San Diego. He too thinks that gay people may be more experimental.

‘Masturbation as a form of sexual pleasure may be more a form of sexual experimentation for us LGBT’ers than for straight folks. Example: GBT men, who may find anal stimulation a popular and enjoyable part of masturbation. I don’t think too many straight men are open to that … yet.’

LGBT people are more prone to depression and anxiety. This might tie in with masturbation providing a form of stress relief.

‘Certainly, when we’re closeted and more prone to depression and anxiety, masturbation can be a nice stress reliever,’ says Kimmel. ‘I’d be interested if there is data that shows a difference in masturbating frequency of closeted LGBTers versus those of us who have come out. I bet closeted folks masturbate more – but I have no data to back that up.’

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