Men also think about sleep, food as much as sex
In fact, men think about all three more often than women do, according to the study carried out by Prof Terri Fisher, a psychologist at the Ohio State University in the US, the `Daily Mail` reported.
She asked 163 students- male and female- to carry around a chart and mark it every time they thought about sex, food or sleep. The numbers varied widely, from one student who only recorded one sexual thought a day to a male who wrote down 388 in 24 hours.
But on average, men thought about food and sleep more often than they thought about sex. And they thought about all three more often than women did.
Prof Fisher said: "Men are more aware of need-related states such as being hungry or tired or sexually aroused, and focus on those. They are also better at detecting these states in themselves than women and more willing to express their thoughts."
She added that even the student who thought about sex 388 times in a day was only thinking about it every 158 seconds – far fewer than the "every seven seconds" that myth would suggest.
"When people hear about some of these differences, I think sometimes they don`t question it because it fits the stereotypes we have of men and women. When you stop and take a closer look at origins of some of these alleged differences, they sometimes have no empirical support," Prof Fisher said.