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Hitting the gym a lot or using frequent emojis? You have sex on your mind!

Hitting the gym a lot or using frequent emojis? You have sex on your mind!
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Are you someone who joined the local gym in the hope of a “hook up” and some real action between the sheets? Do you send emoji icons with every WhatsApp message or Facebook post? Then, you are thinking about sex 24/7. Well, that's what researchers say.

A recent survey involving 2000 adults in the United States, found that while half of the participants used the gym as a hook-up venue, a quarter of them admitted to having sex at the health facility.

The findings showed that about 25 percent of participants admitted to having had sex at their gyms at some point during their membership. Also, nearly 70 percent of women admitted to fantasising about their personal trainer during sex. Even those who were not that lucky to find someone for “hook up” were at least hoping that something might happen. The atmosphere at the gym also inspired some people to use online dating, with 82 percent saying they had used such apps at the gym.

There is some science to it, too. According to previous studies, exercise spikes levels of serotonin and dopamine chemicals. Serotonin and dopamine are chemicals produced in the brain -- neurotransmitters -- that improve mood and boost the libido. Serotonin, which is produced by long-term cardio exercise, improves agreeable social behaviour while dopamine improves your mood and long-term memory. Cardio exercise produces increased serotonin levels when done to the point of physical and possibly mental fatigue, explained researchers

Love emojis? Check if sex is on your mind 24/7
An interesting survey conducted by an a popular online dating website has revealed that people who think about sex several times a day also use emoji icons the most often. Researchers found that something as innocuous as a food item emoji icon can be employed to denote body parts or sex.

sexually-charged emojis

The survey involving 5,000 people found that 36-40 percent of people who think about sex several times a day use more than one emoji in every text. People who never think about sex said they used them less frequently. The group that used emojis the least was those who said they think about sex just once a month.

Did you know? Eggplants more popular than bananas as sexually charged emojis!
Analysing more than nine million tweets to figure out which sexually charged emojis and emoji combinations were most popular in the US and Europe, a research team found that the most popular emoji was the smiley face with heart eyes, an image that's more romantic than sexual.

Eggplant emojis

But when it comes to more overtly sexual emojis with phallic implications, the eggplant tops, the study said. In the US, the eggplant was used about twice as much as the banana. In Europe, though, the reverse was true. In both regions, women preferred the banana, while men preferred the thicker eggplant.

But, that's not all...

Men tend to misjudge a woman's sexual intent
If you walk into a bar and think that an attractive woman smiling at you wants to have sex with you, are you gauging her right or is it all in your head? A new study by a reputed American college goes further, suggesting that a man's attachment style - a personality trait reflecting his romantic relationship tendencies - may actually influence his perceptions of whether a woman is interested in him sexually. The findings showed that men on the higher end of the attachment anxiety spectrum were most likely to imagine a woman being sexually interested in them.

Men tend to misjudge a woman's sexual intent

To reach this conclusion, the researchers asked nearly 500 men to imagine a scenario in which an attractive woman at a night-club catches their eye. Participants were asked to gauge the level of interest they believed the woman in the scenario was showing, ranging from "not at all interested" to "extremely interested." The men were also asked to assess the extent to which they exhibited either of two tendencies - toward attachment anxiety and toward attachment avoidance.

Those higher in attachment anxiety have a need for love and reassurance and a fear of rejection. People higher in attachment avoidance typically are reluctant to trust and rely on others, and fear intimacy. Further, men higher in attachment anxiety project their own flirtatiousness and sexual interest onto the woman, based on their hopes that she will reciprocate.

Want to know when you'll first have sex? It's all in your DNA
What has DNA got to do with your first action between the sheets? A lot, say researchers from a UK university, adding that there are 38 specific places in the human genome that may be linked with the age at which people first have sex. Interestingly, they also discovered that people with these variants were also 26 percent less likely to qualify for college admission and 33 percent more likely to start smoking.

Want to know when you'll first have sex? It's all in your DNA

To reach this conclusion, the team found 38 DNA pieces with the help of more than 125,000 contributors to the UK Biobank -- a large-scale study that identifies gene changes that influence timing of sexual behaviour. Volunteers between ages 40-69 gave a blood sample for genetic analysis and also reported how old they were when they lost their virginity. The researchers analysed the data to find links between specific DNA variants and age at first sex.

Thirty-three of the variants were found in both men and women, four were seen in men only and one uniquely in women.

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