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Matthew Yglesias thinks the numbers in CNN’s widely-circulated Internet sex survey have been blown out of proportion. Yglesias says the numbers—-which reported what percentages of men and women would sooner give up sex for two weeks than the Internet—-are actually not terribly high. Forty-six percent of women and 30 percent of men reported that they were willing to stay abstinent for a fortnight in order to keep connected.
Personally, I’d go further and say that the numbers are stunningly low. Speaking from a high place of authority on this matter—-I am a sex blogger—-choosing Internet over sex for two weeks is a no-brainer. The reason is because time in the sexual realm is so different from time in the Internet world. If a single person goes two weeks without sex, it’s not out of the ordinary. If a blogger goes two weeks without posting, she’s likely dead.
I think we have to consider the possibility that 56 percent of women and 70 percent of men are just lying so that CNN thinks they’re cool. Here’s a follow-up survey: How many of these people have actual sex every two weeks? And how many are incurable Internet nerds refreshing Fleshbot on their RSS feeds every two hours?
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