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Masturbating is one of Britain’s favorite stress relievers

Masturbating is one of Britain’s favorite stress relievers

LGBTI people are masturbating at much higher rates than straight people, with solo sex becoming the latest wellness trend.

A new study found people in Britain relying on masturbating to relieve stress more than traditional ‘wellness’ activities such as, getting a massage or meditating.

One of the world’s biggest surveys on masturbation found that 95% of LGBTI people said they masturbated. In the UK, 93% of men and 88% of women said they masturbated.

There was also a generational gap when it came to solo sex. Millennials (ages 25-39) and Gen X (born between 40-54) masturbate slightly more frequently than Gen Z (age up to 24).

Sexual wellness company TENGA conducted the 2019 Self-Pleasure Report along with research company, PSB. They surveyed more than 10,000 people across the nine countries. The Report is one of the biggest of its kind.

Are we masturbating more?

Alix Fox is an award winning sex educator. She hosts the BBC Radio 1 show, Unexpected Fluids, an educational comedy show about sex. Fox also worked as a script consultant on the Netflix show, Sex Education as well as appearing on numerous other podcasts and shows.

In 2018, Fox was named Sex Expert of the Year at the Erotic Industry Show and is a Tenga brand ambassador.

So when it comes to sex, she really knows her stuff.

Fox thinks that the numbers of masturbators is so high because people are more comfortable talking about it.

‘My suspicion is that more people are openly admitting to masturbating,’ she told Gay Star News.

‘And I completely welcome that because there’s so many benefits to masturbation.’

Why do LGBTI people masturbate more?

She has worked closely with LGBTI organizations and believes even though LGBTI people masturbate more, there needs to be more research into LGBTI social sex.

‘LGBTI people on a whole are not as obsessed with penetration as straight cultures,’ Fox said.

‘For a long time, straight culture has been fixated on the idea that putting a ‘pole in a hole is the only goal’… but there are plenty of other ways to touch your partner and touch yourself.

‘I wonder whether an influence if an influence of LGBTI masturbation on this data is because they don’t count the only kind of sex as penetrative and they’re more likely to be experimental with themselves.’

Masturbation as self-care

The wellness industry is booming with more and more people turning to masturbation as an act of self-care.

Wellness – the active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life – is worth about £3.2 trillion globally.

The Report found Brits consider masturbation in their third-favorite stress relieving activity following sex and sleeping.

Furthermore, between 80 and 90% of Brits find masturbation to have a positive effect across many aspects of their lives. Some of those effects included boosting their mood, improving their health, brain function, self-confidence, sex appeal, energy and productivity levels.

About 81% of people said regular masturbation helped their relationship and marriage.

Fox said she was glad masturbation was increasingly included in the conversation about self-care.

‘I’m pleased that ‘solo sex’ is starting to be righteously framed as a valid part of the self-care movement, as I’m all for anything that encourages people to view masturbation and self- exploration not as a taboo, shame-saturated, grubby sin to carry out furtively and guiltily, but instead as a healthy way to unwind, enjoy and celebrate their bodies, and better connect to and  understand themselves,’ Fox said.

‘We need to have more open conversations about masturbation, and recognise that making ourselves feel good is a good thing.’

Sex toys and masturbation

Sex toys are increasingly becoming more incorporated in solo sex. The Report found people have higher satisfaction when using sex toys.

For Pride month, Tenga released a rainbow version of its Original Vacuum Cup. The Vacuum Cup delivers suction and stimulation from unique internal details.

Tenga’s Pride Vacuum Cup

‘Celebrating sexuality and helping everyone feel better pleasure is what we aim to do every day,’ said TENGA Global Marketing Manager Eddie Marklew.

‘This year, we’re hoping to help more people take pleasure into their own hands – quite literally – so that they can feel good both physically and mentally; and hopefully lead happier, more satisfying lives.’