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There’s apparently an optimal time span you should have sex for maximum satisfaction. Hollywood and erotic literature might have made us think that the best sex is one that lasts all night, but a study by researchers at Penn State University has found otherwise.

Researchers Eric Corty and Jenay Guardiani held interviews with psychologists, physicians, marriage therapists, social workers and nurses – people who have collectively met thousands of patients over the years.

They found that sex lasting over half an hour was “a situation ripe for disappointment and dissatisfaction”. That’s right, doing the dirty all night long does NOT feel good. At all. In fact, they concluded that the perfect time for sex to last to be considered good is between seven and 13 minutes. That is a little longer than the average time cited to get the job done: five minutes.

These are the four categories they came up with:

  • Too short: 1 to 2 minutes
  • Adequate: 3 to 7 minutes
  • Desirable: 7 to 13 minutes
  • Too long: 10 to 30 minutes

“A man’s or woman’s interpretation of his or her sexual functioning as well as the partner’s relies on personal beliefs developed in part from society’s messages, formal and informal,” the researchers explained.

“Unfortunately, today’s popular culture has reinforced stereotypes about sexual activity. Many men and women seem to believe the fantasy model of large penises, rock-hard erections and all-night-long intercourse.”

Is it a yay or nay to that, girls?

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This story was first published by www.cleo.com.sg.