October 01, 2010

Sexual activity makes animals less anxious. This is SCIENCE.

Writing about web page http://www.medindia.net/news/Sexually-Active-are-Less-Anxious-Than-Virgins-Study-72077-1.htm

The activity called sex — the rubbing together of genitalia, weirdly generating a moment's stupidity — makes rodents feel better about the world.

Not long ago someone showed me a diagram purporting to show how much sex students typically have in a given university department. Mathematics students were overwhelmingly virginal, while visual arts students, if the diagram is to be trusted, are universally promiscuous. 

It isn't exactly a secret that sex calms people down. The feeling of peace that permeates you when you got lucky the night before is contagious, and sometimes leads to more sex, "just because," just because you seem to be totally relaxed and somehow that attracts others. To quote the article I linked, "Sexually experienced rodents also proved less anxious than virgins, in that they were quicker to chomp down on food in unfamiliar environs." I totally relate.

It was interesting, in my first year of university, to notice how few of my scientific-minded friends were bedding each other. First Year, a little worryingly, is supposed to be about drinking and sex — isn't that why your grades don't ultimately "count"? Engineering students, biology nerds and, especially, physics geeks were immersed in homework and had neither the time nor the social skills to mingle with each other, unless it was to borrow pencil sharpeners. I'm simplifying, but there's a core of truth to it, in my experience.

While I, as an English Literature student, had only a few hours of class a week — and hardly even bothered to go towards the end — my hallmates, scientists for the most part, got up early every day to attend five or six hours of lessons before coming home exhausted and cracking the books open once more. No wonder they didn't have time for doing the dirty. They were being students in the literal, not the bohemian, sense.

What does a study about the sex life of rats tell us about anxiety? Little we didn't already know. If you don't find something to screw, you get nervous, and if you get nervous, you'll scare off future partners. I wonder how active the scientists who designed this experiment were back in their student days.

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  1. Jane

    What I really liked about the chart was how they listed French and English majors but that was it, as far as languages went. How much sex do you think German majors are having?

    Also, I think what this study about rats tell us is that rats are all bohemians at heart.

    01 Oct 2010, 19:48

  2. Bohemians are rats at heart.

    01 Oct 2010, 20:13

  3. Jane

    You are all a lost generation. Of rats.

    01 Oct 2010, 20:41

  4. We are lost rodents in a world of blind kittens. Also there is no God.

    01 Oct 2010, 20:42

  5. Jane

    In the beginning was the Rat, and the Rat was with God, and the Rat was God. The Rat was with God in the beginning. The Rat shineth in the darkness, but the darkness could not comprehend the Rat.

    01 Oct 2010, 20:55

  6. Irina

    I’m an English major. I don’t get huge amounts of sex. Therefore, the chart was broken. QED

    01 Oct 2010, 20:57

  7. Little known fact: The King James Version of the Bible is the only version to feature bonus content not available in later editions. Bonus content includes a scene where Hamlet and Jesus hang out and have a BBQ. Call now for reservations.

    01 Oct 2010, 20:58

  8. Dr.Scientist

    Actually, I designed that experiment and I haven’t been a virgin in over three years.

    01 Oct 2010, 21:30

  9. I hope it made up for the 6 or 7 years it took for you to become a studly scientist.

    01 Oct 2010, 21:50

  10. The REAL Dr. Scientist

    Actually, ‘I’ designed that experiment and ‘I’ haven’t been a virgin in over SEVEN years!

    02 Oct 2010, 00:22

  11. Sex with rodents does not count.

    02 Oct 2010, 01:59

  12. Jane

    Hi, I’m here to reserve my seat at the Jesus/Hamlet BBQ.

    02 Oct 2010, 02:56

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