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What's the Point of Faking It? The Science of Why We Do

What’s the Point of Faking It? The Science of Why We Do

If you’ve ever wondered whether your sexual performance leaves something to be desired, a straightforward Google search can reveal dead giveaways that someone is faking it. But new research from the University of Kansas aims to tell us why exactly some women—and men—do it in the first place. Previous research has shown that 28 percent of men and 67 percent of women report faking orgasms during intercourse; the underlying explanations as to why fall into three broad categories. Circumstantial reasons are specific to situations, such as feeling tired or bored or wanting the encounter to be over with because you realize it just isn’t going to happen. Internal reasons have to do with your psychological or emotional state, such as wanting to spare your partner’s feelings or to avoid coming across as sexually inadequate. Relationship-related reasons are for the purpose of maintaining the status quo; for example, to keep your partner happy or to prevent them from looking elsewhere…

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