Australian researchers have discovered that men are more bothered about their penis size when they’re in the locker room.
The traditional view that men are bothered about their penis size and whether they’re good in bed because of it, isn’t actually what bothers them the most, according to clinical psychology doctoral graduate, Annabel Chan Feng Yi.
The study, carried out by Victoria University, has surveyed over 700 men between the ages of 18 and 76 in order to come to the conclusion that ‘locker room syndrome’ affects men more than size worries in the bedroom.
This is apparently because, in the locker room, men have other men to compare themselves with, while at home they only have their partners to pass judgement (normally).
Yi and her fellow researchers have discovered that, while penis size is important, it’s not how their partners perceive it that has men on edge:
“Men’s preoccupation with size was rarely to do with pleasing sexual partners or even appearing as a better sexual partner, [...] It was often more about competition with other men. Many felt most insecure about their size in environments where other men might see them, such as gym change rooms.”
No doubt French men at the gym will be more concerned about their penis size than other men, if a penis size survey from 2012 is accurate.
Furthermore, men who revealed their locker room syndrome, actually felt more than comfortable when they were intimate with their partners, which seems evident in how successful the ‘condom size’ app has been since its launch; there’s no need to worry when it’s only you judging your member.
In addition to penis size worries, the men surveyed also held strong worries regarding their body size, with gay participants statistically more concerned with their muscle size than straight men; all of which goes to show that it isn’t just women who suffer from appearance issues.
The researchers concluded that, while their study on locker room syndrome was a breakthrough in bringing men’s body issues to light, more studies are needed if men’s overall experiences and concerns are to be fully understood.
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