Millennials Are Masturbating More Than Any Other Age Group

by | May 16, 2018

You can hate on millennials all you want, but there’s at least one area where they have older generation beat. Yup, they may be lacking in social skills and have weaker handshakes, but millennials know how to get down with themselves.


recent survey found that 57 percent of people aged 18-24 masturbate weekly, which is apparently higher than any other age group.

Developed by the sex toy company TENGA, the 2018 Global Self-Pleasure Report is the world’ largest survey on masturbation; it uses data from 13,000 respondents aged 18-74 in 18 different countries. In addition to millennials’ masturbation habits, the survey produced some interesting findings on solo sex worldwide.

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In America, 92 percent of men and 76 percent of women say they do it. In the U.K., those numbers are 96 and 78 percent; and in Germany, they’re 93 and 76 percent. What’s holding America back? Masturbation has plenty of benefits, including boosting your mood, helping you last longer, and even preventing prostate cancer. As long as it’s not interfering with your everyday life, you’re free to do it as much as you want.

Though lots of people masturbate, many aren’t so keen on talking about it with their partners. According to the survey, “only 18 percent of respondents in the United States, 15 percent in the United Kingdom and 11 percent in Germany feel it is important to talk about masturbation with people they are close with.”

Listen, ladies: Communication is key to a healthy relationship. Once you master talking about masturbation, you can even try doing it with a partner.

According to the survey, 86 percent of those who’ve used sex toys say they improve their masturbation experience. In the U.S., 53 percent say they’d be open to using one on themselves.

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Sure, it’s worth noting that these stats were put together by a sex toy company. But if you’re looking for a gadget to spice up your sex life, check out some of our top picks here.

This article originally appeared on Men’s Health US.

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With October marking International Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month, we spoke to survivor of multiple miscarriages and women's health lobbyist Samantha Payne, CEO and Co-Founder of Pink Elephants - Australia’s only national support service dedicated solely to miscarriage and early pregnancy loss.

Here's her story.

What is your experience with miscarriage?

I have lost 3 babies to miscarriage, my first was a missed miscarriage - I walked into a scan expecting to show my then-toddler her baby sibling on the screen only to be met with 'I'm sorry there is no heartbeat.' I had to endure a weekend with that baby dead inside of me before I could be fitted in for a D&C.

My next miscarriage happened 6 months later - I started to bleed on holiday with friends, I told no one, I was deeply ashamed. I passed that baby alone in the shower at 3am, forever traumatised as I had to flush the remains down the toilet.

My final loss was just last year another miscarriage I started to spot and I just knew, the Doctor that saw me this time asked if we could see a flicker on the screen she thought there was a heartbeat, astounded we asked for a second opinion, where it was confirmed my baby had died.

How did you process the trauma?

With my first two losses, I didn't cope. I poured everything into Pink Elephants and having another baby. I had another pregnancy but was completely terrified the whole time, I didn't bond with this baby, no names, no gender reveal, wearing a brave face every day pretending I was grateful. When Johnny was 4 months old it all caught up with me: I had postpartum anxiety and post-traumatic stress as a result of my losses and not processing the trauma. With counselling and medication, I began to heal and process my losses. My loss last year was different: I took bereavement leave, I gave myself permission to grieve our baby girl and mourn my future with her. I spoke with others in our community, I went back to counselling, and I took the time I needed to start to heal.

How did you get the courage to launch Pink Elephants?

I don't think it was courage, in the beginning, I think it was my anger at the lack of support and validation that I chose to channel into something positive.

I never want my daughter to go through what I did in the way I did. Women deserve so much more than what we currently get.

Last year took courage to come back and work in this space again after bereavement leave - the physical and emotional pain was real, the triggers of other women's stories are real but they are also cathartic. As is the change we create, I feel like my work is meaningful and makes a difference that's what carries me on, I know we can do so much more with the right support alongside us.

I want to next see more targeted action from our government - in particular the Department of Health - in addressing this issue. It's no longer ok to turn a blind eye to the death of our babies, our trauma, and our poor mental health because of the system failing us.

How can we support a friend that has been through loss like this?

You can be there for her, you can validate her loss, don't reduce it to 'at least' comments. You can't take away her pain but you can provide a safe space for her to share and feel listened to, empathised with, and supported. Like any other bereavement send flowers, we have collaborated on a LVLY nurture flower posy as a way to do this. Remember there is no timeline to grief and it's ok for her to still be upset for many months after, remember her due date, acknowledge it at the time, support her through other friends' baby showers.

How can women experiencing miscarriage access support?

They can head to www.pinkelephants.org.au to access our circle of support, which includes online peer support communities to connect with others through miscarriage, trying to conceive again, and pregnancy after loss. Specialised emotional support content, as well as shared stories and journeys, can be accessed through our website too.