Monday, October 4, 2010
Suspicious Sex Survey Results
A huge new sex study is out: the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB). These things are always interesting, but one thing leaped out at me when I clicked the chart for the sexual behavior graph. This lists the percentages of males and females in each age group who say they've engaged in the listed sexual practices over the past year. Check out the top line, which reports solo masturbation. According to the study for males, 19% of 18-19 year-olds, 25% of 16-17 year-olds, and an amazing 38% of 14-15 year-olds did not masturbate over the past year! Yeah, right. Those numbers might be right for the past 24 hours -- maybe. If I were conducting this study I'd be embarrassed to even put up those numbers without some sort of qualifying explanation. Either they got a freakish group of teenage males, or the honesty of their survey participants is highly questionable. With those numbers in the top line, you have to wonder about the accuracy of the survey as a whole.