The State of Sex
February 23, 2014

The State Of Sex

S-E-X…let’s talk about it. If you are having it, you are lucky. If you are not, you want it. Most everyone loves sex for one reason or another. Recently, the Huffington Post published information about the state with the longest (or shortest if you prefer) sex times. Turns out that an app called Spreadsheets can keep track of sex statistics including how long, thrusts per minute, audio levels, and frequency of sex. compiled data specifically on the length of sex on a state-by-state level from about 5,000 users of the Spreadsheet app, which included about 23,000 individual sex sessions in the US.

And the winner is…New Mexico with a 7:01 average time. Let’s look at the entire list, state by state.

  1. New Mexico (7:01)
  2. West Virginia (5:38)
  3. Idaho (5:11)
  4. South Carolina (4:48)
  5. Missouri (4:22)
  6. Michigan (4:14)
  7. Utah (3:55)
  8. Oregon (3:51)
  9. Nebraska (3:47)
  10. Alabama (3:38)
  11. Delaware (3:33)
  12. Hawaii (3:28)
  13. Wisconsin (3:22)
  14. North Dakota (3:18)
  15. Arizona (3:17)
  16. Maryland (3:15)
  17. Mississippi (3:10)
  18. Rhode Island (3:09)
  19. Connecticut (3:07)
  20. Texas (3:06)
  21. New Hampshire (3:04)
  22. Wyoming (3:03)
  23. New York (3:01)
  24. Pennsylvania (2:58)
  25. Maine (2:58)
  26. Washington (2:51)
  27. Iowa (2:50)
  28. Illinois (2:49)
  29. North Carolina (2:47)
  30. Tennessee (2:46)
  31. Kansas (2:38)
  32. California (2:38)
  33. Massachusetts (2:31)
  34. Florida (2:29)
  35. New Jersey (2:28)
  36. Indiana (2:26)
  37. Virginia (2:23)
  38. Oklahoma (2:21)
  39. Colorado (2:21)
  40. Minnesota (2:19)
  41. Ohio (2:18)
  42. Louisiana (2:17)
  43. Kentucky (2:14)
  44. Arkansas (2:08)
  45. District of Columbia (2:08)
  46. Nevada (2:07)
  47. Georgia (2:07)
  48. Montana (2:03)
  49. Vermont (1:48)
  50. South Dakota (1:30)
  51. Alaska (1:21)

Flipping through the list, one can’t help but wonder at Alaska. Is it the fact that it is so cold there that makes sex so quick? Or is that there are fewer people in Alaska thus less population to pull data from? I looked for my own home state and saw that sadly it was listed as number 38 with a measly 2:21 time. In comparison to New Mexico (which happens to be my true home state as that is where I was born and raised—Whoo! Hoo! Go New Mexico!), Oklahomans are severely behind in their sex times.

Then one can’t help but wonder why New Mexicans enjoy sex sessions that average 7:01? What are they doing differently? What are they doing right? Moreover, as the Huff Post article acknowledges, what do these stats actually represent? Is that simple penetration or also foreplay? As the article explains, “While a user can set the phone on a mattress to monitor “movement,” the timing feature of the app can be used as a simple timer. One user may opt to start the timer before foreplay begins, while a different user could interrupt the mood completely to go fiddle with his phone prior to entering thrust-city.”

Okay, so, then what is the value in these statistics? According to Tyler Elick, co-creator of the Spreadsheets app, the value rests mostly in the conversations that it sparks. And I guess that is true because I am certainly interested in this information and can’t wait to share it with others to see what they think.

Oh, and one last thing: “Elick also wants people to know that he and Wax don’t have access to data for individual users or sessions. Instead, they rely on Google analytics, which aggregates the duration and session count for particular regions. ‘We don’t want to be the sexual Big Brother here,’ he said.”

So, users can breathe that sigh…of relief.

Image Credit: mast3r / Shutterstock

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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