Love & Relationships

Study Finds That Women Think About Sex Way More Than Men Assume

Let's talk about sex.

It might seem like a no-brainer to women that sex is on the brain, but now we have science to back it up. According to a new study, women think about sex more than their male partners even realize.

Psychologists at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario found that men in committed relationships under-perceive their wife or girlfriend's sexual desire, according to the Wall Street JournalIn the findings, women had a more accurate read on whether or not their man was interested in sex.

Researchers believe that men's romance radars malfunctioned as a way to avoid sexual rejection. If a man initiates sex and gets rejected, "he may feel bad or resentful and she may feel annoyed. By assuming she isn’t interested and not initiating sex, he avoids this downward spiral." In other words, clearly, these couples have some major communication - and possibly ego - problems. 

The research followed 229 long-term couples (most of whom are heterosexual) ranging from 18 to 68 years old. 

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