We all need some ‘me time’ at some point, but we aren’t talking about getting your hair done or getting a manicure.
No, we’re talking about masturbation. Maybe you use your hands, your favourite vibrator, maybe you whack on your favourite audio porn recording. However you do it, reaching that finish line solo is just orgasmic.
But it turns out that more women are pulling out of this solo activity and don’t do it anywhere near as much as men.
Globally, the masturbation gap between men and women has increased by a whopping 10% from 2022 and now sits at 58%, according to new research.
In the UK specifically, the self-pleasure forecast is pretty dire, with the masturbation gap nearly doubling in just one year, from 35% in 2022 to 63% in 2023.
We don’t know about you, but those stats really killed the mood.
In 2022 women got themselves off an average of 100 times, but in 2023, self pleasure has dwindled so far, with women expected to have masturbated just 71 times on average by the end of the year.
This is hard to swallow when the average for men has increased from 154 times per year in 2022 to 191 times per year in the UK in 2023.
Part of the reason behind this could be the shift in libido levels for women in the UK, according to the Lovehoney and Womaniser study.
The survey asked men and women to rate their sex drive out of 10.
Men’s libido actually increased from 6.32 to 6.8 out of 10 this year, while women’s libido levels seemed a little flaccid, drooping from 6.13 out of 10 in 2022 to just 5.5.
But is it just libido to blame for women’s lack of self pleasure? Lovehoney’s sex and relationships expert Annabelle Knight doesn’t think so.
She said: ‘There are many reasons as to why the masturbation gap exists, but one of the primary ones is that there is still a stigma and taboo around female masturbation, where the same doesn’t exist for males.
‘It’s the exact reason why we continue to do this study, to try and break down the societal taboo around masturbation and sex in general.
‘The fact that the masturbation gap has widened and libido among women has actually fallen is alarming – it’s no secret that economic downturn hits women harder than it does men, and this could be a reason for this.’
Which country masturbates the most?
While 25% of global females and 11% of global males do not masturbate, (an increase for both since 2022), self pleasure clearly isn’t phasing the Americans.
It’s the American women taking the crown, with an average of 90 masturbation sessions per year.
French females turned out to be masturbating the least, with an average of just 66 times per year.
American men also took the gold w**king, at 144.75 times per year, while Singaporean men on average masturbate 99 times per year.
‘All we can do is encourage people of all genders to embrace sex positivity and be proud of it,’ Annabelle added.
People noted a lack of available ‘alone time’ due to increasing financial pressures meaning that they’re having to pick up more shifts or hours at work to scrape by.
Let’s be honest with those stresses, orgasms are much further down the list when it comes to our priorities – rightly or wrongly so.
According to Lovehoney ‘the combination of financial stress and increased responsibilities can lead to a sense of overwhelm and fatigue, making it difficult for women to find the time and energy to engage in sexual activity’.
So, it feels like the finish line is pretty far away for us at this point, ladies.
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