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The sex act that millennials engage in more than any other generation

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author image Leah Groth
Leah Groth is a writer and editor currently based in Philadelphia. She has covered topics such as entertainment, parenting, health & wellness for xoJane, Babble, Radar, Fit Pregnancy, Mommy Nearest, Living Healthy and PopDust.
The sex act that millennials engage in more than any other generation
Millennials around the world are masturbating more than any other age group. Photo Credit: DisobeyArt/iStock/GettyImages

Millennials around the world are masturbating more than any other age group, according to a recent survey.

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In case you are curious about all things self-love (so to speak), sex-toy company Tenga recently conducted the world’s largest self-pleasure survey, aptly titled the “Global Self-Pleasure Report.” The extensive report surveyed 13,000 individuals across 18 countries, asking them questions about everything from the act of masturbation to how American men feel about themselves.

One of their key findings is that younger millennial men are more likely to masturbate than any other age group, with more than half — 57 percent, to be exact — of those between the ages of 18 and 24 doing the deed weekly.

Marriage and family counselor Paul Hokemeyer, Ph.D., isn’t the least bit surprised this particular generation has an affinity for masturbation.

“For starters, millennials are a stressed-out bunch,” he explains. “They are struggling with a chaotic world order, challenging financial opportunities and a competitive romantic playing field.” He points out that in the modern age of internet dating and hookups, these men can feel out of control, and the sexual can act can help with that. “Through masturbation we can leave all those worries outside the bathroom door and find pleasure in an intimate and safe relationship with ourselves.”

Another interesting tidbit from the study is that Americans masturbate more than anyone else in the world. While 78 percent of people around the globe admit to engaging in the act, 84 percent of Americans are doing it. And when it comes to American men versus American women, the guys are doing it more than the gals — 92 percent compared to 76 percent.

And why shouldn’t they? Despite many old wives’ tales, masturbation won’t stunt your growth or make you go blind. It even has health benefits, with the ability to boost your mood, increase sexual endurance and even prevent prostate cancer. And, as Dr. Hokemeyer points out, if used in moderation it can be a healthy life-coping mechanism. “Masturbation is akin to a natural Xanax,” he explains. “When we achieve orgasm, our bodies secrete a host of delicious hormones, such as oxytocin and dopamine, that relax our bodies, soothe our minds and fill us with a sense of well-being.”

Despite the fact that so many people are doing it, the survey discovered that masturbation tends to be a taboo topic. Fifty-five percent of Americans claim they never talk about it — even though half think it would benefit society to talk more open about sexuality.

So, yeah, millennials might be onto something with their self-pleasure tactics. Perhaps the rest of us should follow suit. For more reasons to have sex with yourself — or even someone else — here are 12 bad things that happen when you stop having sex.

What Do YOU Think?

Are you surprised that millennials masturbate more than other groups? Do you think more people should be open about masturbation? Why is it such a taboo topic? Tell us what you think in the comments!

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