Stamina is a highly regarded trait in our society – be it mental, physical or sexual in nature. Two Pennsylvania university students decided to poll sex therapists and researchers to determine what length of time in the sack is generally regarded as enough, or too much.
Based on the responses received from thousands of patients, a survey of 50 psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses and marriage/family therapists reported lengths of time to match four descriptions of intercourse duration: too long, too short, adequate and desirable.
Duration of one to two minutes was deemed "too short" and three to seven minutes "adequate", which seem to match society’s perceived amount of time for good sex. But, surprisingly, most researchers assigned the title of "desirable" to an experience lasting anywhere from seven to thirteen minutes. And "too long" was defined as anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes.
Researchers hoped the results would help realign the public's sexpectations, "thus preventing sexual disappointments and dysfunctions."
"Man men and women seem to believe the fantasy model of large penises, rock-hard erections and all-night-long intercourse," researchers said. "With this survey, we hope to dispel such fantasies and encourage [people] with realistic data about acceptable sexual intercourse."