Men prefer being hungry and have sex. According to a study, men think about sex 19 times a day, secondly think about food 11 times a day and third in sleep (11). While women think about sex just 10 times a day; on food, 15; and sleep 8.5.
The findings are based on the behavior of worms, which gave scientists clues to conclude that brain circuits work very different for them, at least when it comes to eating versus a sexual encounter.
Men are able to suppress their hunger just to have sex, and the reason is none other than their brain circuitry, according to a study by the University of Rochester.
“While we know that human behavior is influenced by many factors, including cultural and social norms, these findings suggest that the basic biological mechanisms may not only help explain some differences in the behavior of men and women, but also , why the different sexes are more susceptible to certain types of neuronal disorders,” said Douglas Portman, professor of Biomedical Genetics and study author.
Portman’s work—which can be found in the journal of Current Biology—could demonstrate how brain circuits can determine differences in the behavior of men and women. For men, subtle neuronal levels show that they prefer sex over satiating their hunger.
For this experiment, Portman used microscopic roundworms called Caenorhabditis elegant. In the lab experiment, researchers found that the normal worms set aside their food source and eventually made their way to the centre of the dish, where they mated with the hermaphrodites.
While some years ago the belief that men think about sex every seven seconds (what would amount to 8000 times a day), a team from Ohio State University in 2011 revealed that although the figure has decreased, sexuality takes the lead in men’s minds. Although not surprising at all, sex versus food is the eternal competition in the male mind.
Women on the other hand, think completely differently than men. In 2001, a UK-based study of 5,000 men and women revealed that 25% of women think about food every half an hour while just 10% think about sex over that same time span.
Unfortunately, unlike men, it seems for many women that the food vs. sex battle is not a clash of pleasures — but rather a conflict of fears.