What Do People Think About Most, Sex or Food?

Daydreaming, not while they're doing either one.

Posted Sep 29, 2018

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My last column was about narcissists. What kind of books do they avoid?

When you're doing something important — like talking with your significant other, or figuring out your psyche with your therapist — do you ever start thinking about food? This isn't unusual, and isn't necessarily sociopathic.

And maybe you can guess my next question: What flavor?

You've heard the old saying that men think about sex every seven seconds. Well, Dr. Terri D. Fisher begs to differ.

Most people have heard the popular claim that men think about sex every seven seconds (around 8,000 times a day!), but you might be surprised to learn that there is absolutely no research to back that claim. ...

[And] the previous research that examined actual numerical frequency has found daily sexual thought frequencies are not even in the double-digits. In addition, the research has not always consistently revealed gender differences in frequency of sexual thoughts.

So both men and women enjoy sex, and thinking about it, even if it's every 77 seconds...or longer.

Statistical tests indicated that the number of thoughts about sex was not statistically larger than the number of thoughts about food and sleep.

Let's see what Australians think about food.

"Eating is part of our lives and everything we do day-to-day. But when it becomes obsessive, negative, or causes us anxiety, that's when there's an issue," Vivienne Lewis, clinical psychologist at the University of Canberra, told The Huffington Post Australia.

"If you're thinking about food for the majority of the time and it's impacting on other things (like your relationships, your job, or your own feelings), then you're moving into the domain of a disordered level of cognition around food and eating behaviour."

A poll conducted with over 4,000 people by Appesat, a maker of a seaweed product that claims to reduce appetite concluded:

Women spend almost 2 years of their lives thinking about food. 

Men don't dedicate quite so much time to dreaming about eating, spending 39 minutes a day — or 10 days a year thinking about food.

Spoon University suggests what some of us secretly believe: Are we using food as a substitute for sex?

Good food has similar neural pathways as good sex.

There's really only one answer here: We all deserve more desserts.