October 22nd, 2008

At least, that is, according to a new study that links orgasming too soon during sex with a gene that regulates serotonin. Reports the BBC, men who come early also have a higher instance of this genetic defect, which slows the hormone interaction between nerves. Said sexual psychotherapist Paula Hall,

Men with primary premature ejaculation tended to be fast reactors generally. “These men have very quick reflexes. They may be excellent at playing tennis or computer games, for example.”

There you have it: a scientific link between premature ejaculation and video game playing. Well, kind of. I’m not the first to the table on this story, and I know I should have something interesting to say here about men who feel inadequate in the bedroom making up for it with their energy for violence and homophobia when it comes to gaming. Instead, I’m busy feeling smug.

I’ve long envied boys who can button mash with the greatest of speed. As someone who didn’t start gaming until she was twelve, I’ll never have the same dexterity with a controller my male friends do. Apparently, it turns out, that dexterity come with a price. And I’d rather be good in bed but lose at Soul Calibur than the other way around — even if the button mashing is getting done on some hot girl’s chest.

Tags: science

6 Responses to “Premature ejaculators are better at video games”

  1. Eric Says:

    …. ^^ has never been happier to suck at fighting games. And boy, do I.

  2. The Guy Says:

    It’s even better if you don’t suck at fighting games AND in the sack.

  3. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    It depends who you are — or at least who you’re asking. For example, my fiancĂ© is, ahem, quite good in the aforementioned sack. However, he’s also eternally kicking my ass at games he has no other advantage on besides thumb twitching power. I’d like him better if we were a little more even. You hear that, Scott? Do you?

  4. Bob Says:

    I’m fantastic at video games, but I keep coming on my wiimote!!

  5. Bonnie Ruberg Says:


  6. Ben Says:

    I have a website that lets people play video games for a living. Having met quite a few video gamers I can definately believe this study

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