The Masturbation Survey: How Often Do You Flick Your Bean or Stroke Your Sausage?

We recently asked our lovely customers to take part in our masturbation survey. This was for two reasons:

1 – Pleasure is our favourite topic, and we always want to find out more.

2 – Interacting with you and hearing what you have to say brings us joy!

The survey was created during May, the official month of masturbation, and we chose to not ask for too many details. We don’t need to know what kind of genitals you have, your sexual orientation, or what your sexy fantasies are. Age, background and salary brackets are also irrelevant. Nor did we ask about your level of experience with other kinds of sex, like penetrative pleasures or kink.

1: Do you masturbate?

We started off with an easy question with three options: Regularly, sometimes, or never. We were delighted to find out that 65% of the peeps taking part in our survey masturbate regularly, and another 34.5% masturbate sometimes.

0.3% of the participants said they never masturbate. This was lower than expected, which is positive. There can be many reasons for not masturbating. Some peeps genuinely never feel like it, which is perfectly ok.  Others don’t know how to do it, and a third group lack privacy or opportunity for self-pleasuring.

Masturbation Survey pie chart with the question: Do you masturbate?

 

2: How often do you masturbate?

A frisky 23.9% of all participants said they like to whizz one out every day – we salute your efforts! It could be that they’re easily turned on, or maybe they’re using masturbation as a healthy way of relieving stress, or it’s just part of their daily routine. It’s not a competition – but we’re clearly going to have to up our own mazzie-game…

Almost 55% said they like to polish their pearls or stroke their sausages every week. This seems like a good balance; you have enough time to get work and chores done, but still manage to get regular time for yourself.

18% masturbate on a monthly, which also seems like a good deal. A few of you, 3.5% manage to get in a few strokes every few months, and we’re guessing this is when you find yourself in the mood, or the opportunity arises.

A pink and purple pie chart with the question: If yes, how often?

 

3: If you don’t masturbate, why not?

We were curious to find out what puts the non-masturbators off getting themselves off. 42% of the peeps who never masturbate said they never feel the urge, which is fair enough. Low libido could be causing this, or maybe they are partnered up and getting enough play in the bedroom anyway.

39.5% of those who don’t masturbate stated they never have the time, which we understand – life has a habit of getting in the way! Being busy can definitely put the kibosh on pleasure. Work, kids, chores – sometimes the odds are stacked against us.

9% of the no-masturbation participants don’t know how to touch themselves, and another 9% feels too embarrassed to be touching themselves. This rings true for us – we meet so many women (because it’s mainly women) who don’t know how, or they have been socialised to believe that self-pleasuring is all kinds of wrong. It can take years of therapy, or time with a supportive friend or partner, to break through ingrained taboos and smash stigmas. But if you’re ready to dip your toes in, so to speak, we have some helpful masturbation tips right here.

A pink + purple pie chat wit ythe question: If not, why not?

4: What’s your preferred masturbation method?

We know there are so many ways to masturbate and explore pleasure but the masturbation survey limited options to 5 of the most common methods. Feel free to drop us a comment on your preferred technique if we’ve failed to mention it.

Just over 44% of participants prefer to use their fingers or hands. Hands and fingers travel easily, and masturbating this way doesn’t require much more than slipping a hand into pants or panties. Some peeps use one or two fingers, while others prefer the flat of the palm or all four fingers.

38% prefer to use toys. Toys add layers of throbbing thrills to playtime, and they can be great if you’re unable to get off with just your hands. Almost 8% like humping objects, like pillows or maybe a toy like the innovative Ruby Glow ride-on vibe, which combines humping with vibration for a deliciously orgasmic combo.

Water jets are work similarly to sex toys, and 7.4% prefer self-pleasuring with the help of a powerful showerhead or bathtub faucet. Learning how to masturbate in the bathroom is very common, as it’s one of few places we get total privacy in our teens.

4.2% like to grind their thighs together for glorious friction.

A pie chart in pink and purple hues, with the question: What's your preffered method?

 

5: Do you read erotic stories or watch porn when you masturbate?

Almost 45% of partakers said they watch porn. We didn’t ask what kind or where they get the good stuff, but perhaps we should have: 12.8% said they would watch porn or read erotica if only they knew where to find content that would turn them on. Finding good content is tricky. There is plenty of bad porn, for sure. We’re not yucking anyone’s yum here, but there is so much that just doesn’t do it for us either. There is website after website with pretend sex, where the actress looks bored, or it’s clear she’s faking an orgasm. It’s about penis-in-vagina, slam-bam-thank-you-mam sex that focuses on a ginormous penis. Not everyone is into penises, or large ones, or piston-pumping penetration that ends with a jizz-fest and a female faking an orgasm…

What is really sexy is porn that shows real sex, arousal and orgasms. We recommend taking a look at FrolicMe and MakeLoveNotPorn if you’d like quality content.

Reading or listening to erotic stories is another way to amp up arousal during solo sessions. If you’re unsure where to get the goods, we like Dipsea for aural and Sh! for written erotica.

Masturbation pie chart in pink hues

 

6: Do you masturbate when you’re in a relationship?

Some people choose not to masturbate when they’re in a relationship, and that’s perfectly ok. Maybe they get all the pleasure and orgasms they want or need with their partner, or perhaps they view masturbating as ‘cheating’ (it isn’t).

Masturbating while in a relationship doesn’t mean that you don’t like the sex you’re having with your partner. It also doesn’t mean you’re bored or about to embark on an affair. Masturbation allows you time to yourself without worrying about whether a partner is having a great time. It lets you to be as selfish as you like, be as quick or as slow as you want, or maybe enjoy turn-ons that your partner isn’t into. A whopping 79.9% masturbate when in a relationship, and we’re thoroughly in favour of this.

Almost 19% of those who took part in our masturbation survey said they like to rub one out together with their partners. Mutual masturbation is an excellent way of finding out what your partner likes and it’s also a super-hot turn-on!

Masturbation pie chart in pink question 6

 

7: Do you orgasm when you masturbate?

Just over 76% of masturbation survey participants shared that they always orgasm when they masturbate. This is likely because they know how their bodies work, and they know what’s needed to get there.

20% said they orgasm sometimes. This group might still be figuring out how it works for them. Maybe they haven’t yet found the stroke or the vibe that tips them over the edge every time. Or, perhaps they don’t necessarily need to orgasm – maybe their self-pleasure isn’t about orgasm. They may enjoy taking some time to focus on themselves without the pressure of it leading to bigger things. This is a wonderfully relaxed attitude to self-pleasuring and can help bring on an orgasm, even if that isn’t the goal.

Just about 4% said they never orgasm. This could be because they’re not in a headspace to let go. Or, maybe, arousal and desire aren’t at a simmering point. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t masturbate; it just means you are still getting to know your body and what it likes. 

Pie chart in pink

 

If you’re struggling to get there but would really like to, we recommend investing in our Becoming Orgasmic course. You will learn about desire, arousal, and the importance of keeping your mind connected to the task at hand (so to speak) for your orgasm to reveal itself.