“Men are fat, inconsiderate and unsexy” says diet firm and condom brand

Lights off Larry: Survey finds a quarter of men prefer to have sex with the lights off…because they’re ashamed of their bodies

The study, which polled British men between the ages of 20 and 30, claims to prove that male body confidence is at an all-time low

Groundbreaking research it might not be, but a new survey of 1,077 men has shed light (or rather the opposite) on the sex lives of British men. And unsurprisingly it’s all a bit murky.

Source: Independent, 18 March 2014

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You have to have some sympathy with women, having to put up with the unsightly and horrid sight of their man’s physique – or, perhaps, that level of shame is what male readers are meant to take from the article, given the source of the ‘research’ represented within:

Research carried out by the home diet delivery service, Diet Chef, found that a quarter of the British men they surveyed prefer to have sex with the lights off because they’re uncomfortable and ashamed of their bodies.

If that weren’t bad enough, the Independent decides to segue awkwardly into another press release – one which the Daily Mail covered in full:

Is logging on turning us off? 60% of people use technology in their bed more often than they have sex in it…and some of us even text while making love!

When it comes to our sex lives it seems that, for many of us, the most action we’re getting is a poke on Facebook. 

A new survey from condom brand Durex has revealed that British lovers are allowing technology to get in the way of their sex lives.

In a poll of 2000 men and women over 15 per cent of women and 17 per cent of men admitted to answering their phone or reading a text message during sex, a figure that rises in the capital to 20 per cent.

Source: Daily Mail, 19 March 2014

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According to Durex – the condom manufacturers behind this second story – 5% of us have checked Facebook while having sex. One in twenty. How Durex really thought anyone would buy that figure, I’ve no idea.

Ukonwa Ojo, Global Marketing Manager at Durex said: ‘Durex believes nothing should get in the way of great sex but our growing obsession with phones, laptops, TVs and Tablets isn’t bringing us closer together, it’s pushing us apart.

‘So, this Earth Hour let’s log off and switch off; use it as an excuse to swap our laptops for some loving and ditch our phones to enjoy some foreplay. Let’s turn off to turn on!’

I have to say, I echo Ojo’s call to switch off – not because I think our use of iPads is interfering with our sex lives, but because they’re exposing us to nonsense PR articles like these.