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Some Men, Women Prefer Internet Over Sex

Correction: do take it personally. When a man or woman insists on spending two weeks online rather than spending that time getting funky with a loved one (or unloved, depending on the alcohol levels}, there’s something wrong with the overall picture. Yet a recent online survey conducted by Intel – set to go public next week - reveals just that, but surprisingly enough, it’s women who’d rather stay online, not the men.

Intel's objective was not to show how technology has interfered with human nature, but how important the Internet has become and how essential it is in everyday life. Businesses depend on the Internet, whether it's communicating to customers, or sending sensitive information to employees across a nationwide network (like nudie pics). In the household, the Internet has become a necessary resource for education, commerce, socialization, and relieving stress (again, more nudie pics). But what happens when the Internet interferes with relationships, physical contact and procreation?

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According to Intel's survey, 71 percent of the 2,119 adults who took the online survey said that they could not live without Internet access, or rather, they couldn't live without tools such as laptops and mobile Internet devices. However, 46 percent of the women also said that they would gladly give up having sex with their partner than give up two weeks of Internet connection; only 30 percent of men said that they would do the same. Those figures put a completely new perspective on "honey, I've got a headache," especially when adults spend multitudes of hours behind the computer screen and their eyes truly hurt.

The statistics get even deeper (no pun intended): just over half of the women surveyed between ages 35 an 44 would rather surf the Internet than bang a gong in the bed; 49 percent of the woman between the ages of 18 and 34 would rather sit behind the monitor than do the nasty noodle. Results for the men show smaller numbers (besides hating the word "small"): 23 percent consisted of the 35 to 44 age group, whereas 39 percent consisted of the 18 to 34 age group, all of which said, "yeah, bring on the one-handed web browsing."

Of course, there's always an easy answer to the whole Internet-over-sex dilemma, especially for those taking part in the survey. Many happy adventurers have discovered that it's possible to do both at the same time; the only tools anyone could ever need is an Internet connection (preferably broadband), a video editing program, a digital camcorder or webcam, and a little imagination (a little bit of light is helpful too). Just ask Paris Hilton or all those...erm... participants over on the red-themed YouTube knock-off (sorry, not giving names or links here). You too can have sex and be on the Internet at the same time!

Sex wasn't the only issue surveyed: Intel discovered that 61 percent of the women would rather give up two weeks of television rather than one week of Internet; 58 percent of the adults surveyed - both men and women - also agreed that Internet was more important. Gym memberships (10 percent), dining out (20 percent), and buying clothes (18 percent) were other subjects that lost to the hypnotic, mind-altering effects of the Internet.

But think of it: if technology is slowly capturing the mass attention of adults today, what's going to happen to the next generation of tomorrow?

Answer: a holodeck. ;-)

  • hellwig
    Sad, just sad. This must be why more developed nations are starting to see population growth stagnate. If China wants to control its population, it needs to implement a one-hobby program, internet or sex. To play devils advocate, what were the two options as actually presented to the participants?

    "If you had 20-hours of free time a week, would you rather spend that time on the internet, or use some of that time for sex, knowing that any remaining time is to be spent staring at a wall?" Unless you overdosed on Viagra, most people have far more free time a week then they could spend having sex.

    I don't know about most people, but the time I spend on the internet is usually not time taken away from my interaction with other people. My internet time is usually time I already have to myself, so any sexual activety during this time wouldn't really count anyway.
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  • fulle
    Well, this was only inevitable. Our society's getting so damn fat, that I suppose even this particular physical activity isn't immune from the consequences. Brings new meaning to the term "Big Mac Virgins."
    -Yes, I've reduced this study to a fat joke. So?
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  • LAN_deRf_HA
    Hopefully they can use the internet to see how shitty the sex they've been having is. Based on numerous home videos I've seen I'm forced to believe the main reason many men and women aren't very interested in sex is because they suck at it.
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  • Darkk
    "Not tonight honey, I have a modem"
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  • zak_mckraken
    The "nasty noodle"? Never heard that one before. Good article though. Maybe to many puns (intended or not), but interesting nonetheless.

    What I find scary is that I recognize myself in this sometimes. Damn you World of Warcraft!
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  • Niva
    2000+ participants is a fairly large study... rather interesting indeed.
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  • zodiacfml
    i'm not convinced.
    2 weeks of no internet compared to less than one hour of sex? that's too much internet to exchange for 2 weeks of no sex. everyone knows a person or several people that don't even have sex for years.
    normally, a person can have several hours online and have one hour of sex, all in the same day.
    they should have given various questions so we can see at which amount of internet equals sex and where sex is greater.

    i can easily exchange no tv for a whole month for no 24 hour internet downtime.
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  • gm0n3y
    If I was given the choice of 2 weeks of no internet vs giving up sex once in 2 weeks (assuming that reduced the total to zero), sadly, I'd choose the internet. Conversely, if I was giving up twice daily sex vs 2 weeks of no internet, good bye internet.
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  • resonance451
    The nasty noodle? Ahahaha. Nice descriptors.

    For me it depends on the circumstances. When I'm depressed and libido is down, who knows? The internet is an important part of my life, and I don't see how that should automatically be taken as an addiction or a negative impact on my life. Which is a worse addiction, drugs and alcohol, or the internet? At least in the latter you have the opportunity to do something constructive instead of being left a burnt out husk (not by default, by unhealthy obsession).

    To me the black and white answer is not that women like the internet more than sex. And you're not necessarily accounting for all the single women who aren't whores (believe it or not, there's a large population of women who are selective). If you're not into dating and are doing the wise thing and developing yourself instead of desperately waiting for a relationship to fall in your lap, often times you'll go a few weeks without sex. Regardless of whether you're in a relationship or not, you're going to be using the internet. It's awfully easy to give up the sex you're not having.
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  • JonnyDough
    You know selective women? Thank God I don't live where you do resonance451! Wooha!
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