History of Sex Surveys: Kinsey Report on Male Sexual Behavior Part 4 Findings

About the famous Kinsey Report, a survey done by Dr. Alfred Kinsey on all aspects of sex, sexual history, marriage and more.

Survey: SEXUAL BEHAVIOR IN THE HUMAN MALE

Rural-Urban Background and Sexual Outlet

According to Kinsey, "There are few material differences between the histories of farm boys and the histories of boys raised in the city, or between adult males living in the 2 places. . . . The rural population is most distinct in having fewer sociosexual contacts (meaning premarital heterosexual petting, premarital and extramarital intercourse, and homosexual relations), and in its much higher frequencies of animal intercourse. But the city boy's interest in animal contacts as soon as they are available makes it clear that it is simply a question of opportunity which differentiates the rural and urban groups on this point."

Masturbation

Ultimately, between 92% and 97% of all males have some masturbatory experience, but it is "primarily a phenomenon of younger and unmarried groups, although it does occur in a fair number . . . of married histories. Incidence and frequency are affected by social backgrounds, and correlated with educational levels and occupational status."

The highest incidence of masturbation among single males occurs in the period between adolescence and age 15; the incidence steadily drops from that point. About half of the single population is still masturbating at 50 years of age. Among married males, the highest incidence (42.1%) occurs between 21 and 25 years of age; in the middle 50s, only 11.4% of married males masturbate.

Kinsey indicates, "There is a tremendous variation in frequency, ranging from not at all to 20 or more times per week. Masturbation is, to a certain extent, a substitute for heterosexual or homosexual intercourse; but . . . throughout the lives of many males, including married males especially of upper social levels, masturbation remains as an occasional source of outlet that is deliberately chosen for variety and for the particular sort of pleasure involved."

Nocturnal Emissions

Primarily an outlet of teen-age boys. About 83% of all males experience nocturnal emissions at some time in their lives. Over 99% of the males who go to college have nocturnal emissions at some point, but only 85% of the high school males, and only 75% of the males who never go beyond grade school experience them. There is considerable variation in frequency, from just a few in a lifetime to 2 or 3 times a night. For most males during their earlier years, nocturnal emissions are usually monthly or bimonthly.

After marriage, the percentage of males experiencing nocturnal emissions drops to below 60%, and this outlet provides only 2-6% of their total sexual activity.

The frequency of nocturnal dreams of any sort, sexual or otherwise, appears to have some correlation with the imaginative capacities of an individual.

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