How Often Men And Women Masturbate, By Age

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How many of us indulge in self-love, and how often? Here's some hard data.

FiveThirtyEight's Mona Chalabi crunched the numbers from the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior – the "largest nationally representative study of sexual and sexual-health behaviors ever fielded" – and came up with the graphic you see here. The numbers tell a tale of self-gratification, moderate restraint and complete abstention. How do you compare?


Read Chalabi's full analysis here. More fun with sex and data here.


Jane, you ignorant slut.

Women: I say this as a sister and a friend, because I love you.

We need to masturbate more. Feels good, yo. Gets some of those frustrations out. Also, it helps relieve menstrual cramps!