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The secret to unlocking a better life? Masturbate at least four times per week

TENGA’s 2nd Annual United State(s) of Masturbation survey finds that people who masturbate 4x or more per week live better, healthier lifestyles. And yet talking about masturbation continues to be a topic of embarrassment for many.

TENGA Co. Ltd. announced results from its second annual United State(s) of Masturbation survey, compiling data from 1,200 Americans age 18-74 on their habits and attitudes toward masturbation, sexuality, general health and wellbeing. The survey found that frequent masturbators, or those who masturbate at least four times per week, visit the doctor less often due to illness, have higher body confidence, are more likely to be employed and have triple the number of orgasms than those who masturbate less frequently (or not at all).

According to the survey, 42% of all respondents masturbate at least once a week, with 20% doing so four or more times per week. The survey assessed key trends and attitudes across gender, generation, sexual orientation and relationship status.

Results also indicated that 89% of respondents who have talked to a significant other about masturbation have had an overall positive experience. And while nearly 50% of people believe openly discussing masturbation would make society better, only 32% have ever had that conversation with a close friend, indicating that a level of embarrassment lingers around the topic. However, 57% of those currently in a committed relationship say they have talked about it with their significant other.

“I’m thrilled to see that so many (people) are taking their sexual wellbeing into their own hands. And even more happy to learn that over half of the survey respondents are comfortable discussing masturbation with their partners,” says Dr. Chris Donaghue, PhD, LCSW, CST and TENGA brand ambassador. “We still have a long way to go to de-stigmatize sexual health education in the United States, but this survey indicates that frequent masturbators may experience a number of positive emotional and physical health benefits.”

Key findings from the survey about frequent masturbators, those who masturbate at least four times per week, include:

  • Frequent masturbators spend approximately 19 minutes masturbating per session, six minutes longer on average than those who masturbate three times or less per week.
  • Frequent masturbators are 13 percent more likely to have a gym membership, with 41% saying they work out at least four days per week.
  • Those who masturbate four times a week or more are 23 percent more likely to agree that masturbation before exercise or sports helps their athletic performance.
  • Frequent masturbators are eight percent more likely to be employed, either full or part-time, than others.
  • Frequent masturbators are 15% more likely to be comfortable discussing masturbation with partners whom they’re not in a relationship with, and 9% more likely to be comfortable discussing with partners in a committed relationship.

Key findings from the survey about overall respondents include:

  • 47% of all survey respondents who have ever masturbated agree it’s a “good idea” to masturbate before a first date. Frequent masturbators are 16% more likely to masturbate before a job interview and 11% more likely before big family gatherings.
  • 66% of Americans age 18-74 agree that masturbation is “Good for your health,” and 58% of those who masturbate see it as a part of their health and wellness routine.
  • Masturbating with a partner is relatively common: only 39% of Americans age 18-74 say they have never masturbated with a partner.
  • One-third of Americans age 18-74 currently own at least one sex toy, including 24% of men and 41% of women.

In releasing these results, TENGA encourages people to masturbate frequently for a healthier, more confident life. TENGA also hopes to elevate the conversation around masturbation, prompting people to discuss the topic with loved ones, such as friends and significant others.


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