Survey reveals the staggering number of people masturbating during work hours

If the Slack Channel goes quiet, a Lovehoney study finds that people could be busy with another type of activity

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Masturbating during work hours? It's true: in between Zoom calls and spreadsheets, employees are scheduling time for solo sex.

If the Slack channel has gone a bit quiet, it's possible colleagues are searching for the best sex toys in their collection, according to a new study from Lovehoney (opens in new tab). The findings suggest that nearly half those polled are carving out "me time" during the day to tend to their sexual needs, which has become especially easy while companies are still sticking to a work-from-home policy. 

Well, it appears it's as good a time as any to review those expert-backed tips for how to masturbate

Masturbating during work: here's what the study says

A total of 2,008 Americans over the age of 18 participated in the survey, and 49% admitted to masturbating while on the clock. The overzealous among them at 39% even admitted to having sex during their shifts.  

Who were the big culprits? These cities are the ones taking the lead: 

  • San Diego at 75%
  • San Antonio at 67%
  • Los Angeles at 66%

While adults in some cities are feeling the urge to have a Big O, others simply find the activity as a way to blow off steam from the stress of the day. Here's a further breakdown as to why those surveyed engaged in the act: 

  • Feeling horny: 74% of men, 61% of women
  • Stress relief: 55% of men, 68% of women
  • Knowing it's risky: 32% of men, 39% of women
  • Boredom: 30% of men, 25% of women

The most popular time to get playful is during bathroom breaks, but a shocking 20% of respondents confessed to working while masturbating. Clearly they've mastered the art of multitasking. 

"Both research and anecdotal reports have found masturbation to be a fantastic stress reliever, which helps us sleep better, mitigate anxiety and depression, and put us in a better mood as it floods our bodies with feel-good hormones and neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin," Certified Sex Educator Bobby Box revealed to Lovehoney. 

Considering the perks mentioned above, and the fact that women's most intense orgasms are a result of masturbation, people are not opposed to a little sexy TLC during their office hours...just make sure not to forget about that assignment from your boss. 

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara. 


Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 


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