It's part of human nature to compare ourselves with others, whether in our careers, social life, or romantic relationships. We can't help but wonder if our habits and desires are "normal," and that's especially true when it comes to our sexual experiences—something not everyone feels comfortable speaking about openly. Luckily, a one survey has revealed one burning question about sex that most of us are curious about but may be too shy to ask: How long should it last? Health shared the global findings of UK-based dating website Saucy Dates , which polled more than 3, women and men on the amount of time they wished sex not counting foreplay would last. Results were broken down per country, and as it turns out, of the participants surveyed, both genders had roughly the same idea, revealing that their ideal duration of intercourse is about 25 minutes long. The reality, however, tells a different story, with the average romp lasting about 16 minutes, the survey finds.
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A time of 30 minutes was deemed to be the optimum amount of time to spend making love, the survey of 4, people found. Sex toy retailer Love Honey compiled the results to find out just what it is Britons want in bed. However, the shocking news is that while 30 minutes is considered the optimum amount of time to be sexual with your partner - the average British couple is falling short. How long should sex last? This is the time you should take in bed, experts have revealed. Love Honey claims that sex tends to last only 19 minutes for the average couple - 11 minutes short of the ideal. Only half of couples, 52 per cent, are happy with their sex lives - according to the Love Honey survey.
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A scientist, though, would phrase the same question in an almost comically obscure way: What is the mean intravaginal ejaculation latency time? Measuring an average time to ejaculation is not a straightforward matter. What about just asking people how long they take, you say? Well, there are two main problems with this.
Skip navigation! Story from Sex. Sophie Saint Thomas. This may sound painfully obvious, but the longer sex lasts, the longer you're spending intimate time with your partner — which is a good thing.