The average length of time a man lasts during sex has been revealed - and it’s around half of what blokes said they'd hoped.
A new study from health company Pilot has revealed that men who watch a lot of porn can pick up ‘unrealistic and unhealthy expectations of sex’ - including how long they’re supposed to last in the sack - if they replaced proper sex education with porn.
Speaking to news.com.au, Doctor Ben Condon, who was involved in the survey, said: “Porn, particularly in the absence of sufficient sex education, perpetuates unrealistic and unhealthy expectations of sex and intimate relationships.
“This unnecessarily increases the incidence of shame and anxiety in one’s ‘performance’ while also encouraging unhealthy, and at times disrespectful, relationships.”
The survey found that on average the men asked last around five-and-a-half minutes in bed, which is around half the time they said they'd hoped they would last.
It also found that 33 percent of men said they watched porn at least once a week, while more than half (59 percent) thought that porn had either a positive impact or no impact on their sexual performance - however, 33 percent of women disagreed.
The survey also found that men reckon that if they copy what they see in porn they will please their sexual partner.
I’m not so sure about that fellas.
Dr Condon added: “Fundamentally, porn is not representative of healthy sexual relationships.
"It perpetuates unrealistic expectations on performance, body image and normalises aggression, extreme behaviours and in some cases violence while also minimising the need for consent.
“Over time, this ultimately impacts our perception of healthy sexual relationships, what’s ‘normal’ and can lead to decreased arousal, performance anxiety and erectile dysfunction.”
He then went on to suggest that rather than cut out porn altogether, which can be difficult to given how readily available it is, the focus should be on people to be more open when it comes to talking about sex and to reach out to medical professionals if required.
“A better approach is to encourage and facilitate more conversations about sex, sexual health and respectful relationships, that place porn in context, removing unnecessary expectations and stigma." he said.
"Creating a space for these conversations, and to seek medical advice and support, is central to Pilot’s approach.”Featured Image Credit: Kiwis/Getty Testra Images/Getty