Newspapers reveal shock sex statistics

New research has discovered that the average Telegraph journalist thinks about sex at least 30 times every day - which works out as 10,950 times a year. Those working directly for the Telegraph website, moreover, were twice as likely to be thinking about sex as reporters concentrating on the print edition.

By contrast, the average Guardian journalist thinks about sex only 10 times a day - and usually in the context of sexual violence, the objectification of women or the need to eliminate prostitution.

Journalists at the Independent were least interested in sex, the survey found. Some Indy hacks were discovered to go entire afternoons without thinking about bonking at all. By contrast, writers employed by the Mail and the Mail on Sunday were even more sex-obsessed than those working for the Sun. There was a clear divide, however, between Mail journos whose main interest was in which celebrities were having the most sex and those (a majority) who disturbed by the thought that anyone was having sex at all, a fact they put down to the prevalence of alcohol, drugs and images of scantily-clad women in British society. For some Mail writers, the pervasiveness of sex in modern Britain was so disturbing they found it virtually impossible to think about anything else.

No journalists at the News of the World took part in the survey, which was carried out by market research organisation Churnalism UK. Said a spokeswoman, "We did ask, but they were all too busy thinking about sex."


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