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Today’s cartoon brings up the question…Are you asking for enough sex?
Atlantic Monthly tries to answer this question by interviewing the author of Everybody Lies, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a data sleuth from Google.
What words do men and women use on first dates that suggest that they want to go on a second date?
For the women, a woman frequently signals interest by talking about herself using the word “I” a lot. A man signals interest by talking in a deep monotone voice. A woman signals disinterest by using hedge words, such as “sort of,” “kind of,” or “probably.” A man can increase the odds of a woman wanting a second date by laughing at her jokes or showing support, such as saying “that must have been difficult” or “that sounds tough.”
Khazan: Alright, and once they’ve been dating a while … what’s the number one search complaint about boyfriends?
Stephens-Davidowitz: That my boyfriend won’t have sex with me.
I’m shocked! Are you shocked? Many other interesting searches are in the article, and most seem to be about sex (no surprise).
So women want sex more than they admit. But wait: is it possible women want sex MORE than men?
Another article, also in Atlantic, (you go, guys!) discusses a study by Daniel Bergner, What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire.
When it comes to the craving for sexual variety, the research Bergner assembles suggests that women may be “even less well-suited for monogamy than men.”
Everyone’s being kind of wishy-washy… Women want sex, but they don’t want to be seen as forward (or worse, desperate).
What if…women become equal partners in the bedroom? Are you ready for this? Are they ready for this? What do you think?
You might also enjoy my last cartoon: How can you compliment beautiful people better?
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