It's phone sex, but not as we know it.

Either we're getting harder to please or guys, you're getting worse at getting it on because new research has revealed 62% of British women pause sex to answer a phone call, send a text, read an email - or even worse - check Twitter and Facebook.

Men's magazine writer Pete Cashmore said: "I have had this happen to me. I just assume that they are tweeting about how good I am, and then go to sleep."

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The study by Vouchercodespro.co.uk surveyed men and women aged 18 and over from around the UK; all were smartphone users and had been in a relationship for one year or more.

However, HuffPost Uk Lifestyle readers and our panel of experts think it's a load of rubbish.

Sex expert Tracey Cox says: "I never quite believe these stats. I mean really? Can you imagine doing that? They're either having massively long sex sessions or really sad, disconnected sex! It's true that some women do find it hard to stay in the moment and find themselves drifting off during sex - especially marathon bouts of intercourse. But yes, both partners do need to up their game if someone's checking their phone during sex.

"It's not only rude it shows absolute sexual apathy! Bodies do get desensitised though: so if your partners' doing something for too long, it can start to lose sensation and therefore interest. As usual, talking about what's working and what's not will solve it."

Superlatively Rude blogger Laura Jane Williams said: "I cannot believe for one second that women check their phone during sex. And if they are, I reckon that's prime example of how it's better to be alone than with the wrong fella! NOBODY loves Facebook that much."


Louise Bolotin
clearly those 50%-+ women are having crap sex if they prefer looking at their mobiles

HuffPost UK Lifestyle Facebook users also commented:

Heather McGuirk says: "Gods, NO. I honestly think this statistic is total crap; that many men (or women) can't be THAT crap at sex that their partners are checking their phones."

Cinds Price added "Even if it was that bad, I wouldn't be that rude."

So, is there any truth in it? Does it prove what we've known for a while that increasingly, we're becoming addicted to our handsets? Confused.com ran a study that revealed that 51% of adults use their phone when socialising with friends, and that 20% of us even use it in the toilet.

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It's certainly something our American counterparts might understand - a worldwide survey of 4,000 women by survey by AVG Technologies revealed that 57% of women in America would rather use their phones than have sex. The French are the least likely to pick their phones over sex.

On average, men spent 2.5 hours using their phone, whilst women spent 1.5 hours on the internet through their phone.

Although 48% of men confessed to interrupting sex to check their phone, we beat them by a clear berth of 14%. Here are the top reasons for interrupting"

1. Answering a phonecall (34%)
2. Reading/replying to a text message (24%)
3. Reading/replying to an email (22%)
4. Making a phone call (12%)
5. Checking or updating social media profile pages (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram) (4%)


Even more disturbingly, when asked about their partner’s reaction if they’d ever checked their phone during an intimate moment, 34% claimed that their other half ‘didn’t mind’. The stuff of romance, eh?


Put that phone down! HuffPost US have 9 reasons why orgasms are amazing:

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  • Keeps Your Blood Flowing

    According to Dr. Jennifer Berman, co-founder of the Female Sexual Medicine Center at UCLA, orgasms increase your circulation, keeping the blood flowing to your genital area. This in turn keeps your tissue healthy!

  • It's A Form Of Cardio

    Although it can't be considered an alternative to daily exercise, having an orgasm is a cardiovascular activity. "Your heart rate increases, blood pressure increases [and your] respiratory rate increases," says Berman. And because it's akin to running in many physiological respects, your body also releases endorphins. Sounds like a pretty fun way to work your heart out.

  • Lifts Your Mood

    Feeling down in the dumps? An orgasm might be just what you need to pick yourself up. In addition to endorphins, dopamine and oxytocin are also released during orgasm. All three of these hormones have what Berman terms "mood-enhancing effects." In fact, dopamine is the same hormone that's released when individuals use drugs such as cocaine -- or eat something really delicious.

  • Helps You Sleep

    A little pleasure may go a long way towards a good night's rest. A recent survey of 1,800 women found that over 30 percent of them used sexual release as a natural sedative.

  • Keeps Your Brain Healthy

    Having an orgasm not only works out your heart, but also your head. Barry Komisaruk, Ph.D. <a href="http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/tips-moves/orgasm-news" target="_hplink">told <em>Cosmopolitan</em></a> that orgasms actually nourish the brain with oxygen. "Functional MRI images show that women's brains utilize much more oxygen during orgasm than usual," Komisaruk says.

  • It's A Natural Painkiller

    One thing that Victorian practitioners may have been onto is that orgasms can work to soothe certain aches and pains -- namely migraines and menstrual cramps. (So now you know what to do next time you have a headache if you don't feel like popping an Excedrin.) According to Berman, the contractions that make up an orgasm can actually work to evacuate blood clots during your period, providing some temporary relief.

  • It Relieves Stress

    Most of our lives are so hectic that it's hard to even imagine being relaxed. However, it turns out that <em>sexual</em> release can double as <em>stress</em> relief. Not only do the hormones help with this task, Berman says that being sexual also gives our minds a break: "When we're stressed out and overextending ourselves, [we're] not being in the moment. Being sexual requires us to focus on one thing only."

  • Gives You A Healthy Glow

    There actually might be something to the idea that we "glow" after sex. The hormone DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), which shows <a href="http://www.ivillage.com/secret-health-benefits-sex/4-a-283856" target="_hplink">increased levels during sexual excitement</a>, can actually make your skin healthier.

  • Aids Your Emotional Health

    Last but not least, when you know what it takes to make yourself orgasm, you may increase your emotional confidence and intelligence. "When you understand how your body works and ... [that it] is capable of pleasure on its own, regardless of your partner status, you make much better decisions in relationships," says Logan Levkoff, Ph.D., a sexologist and certified sexuality educator. "You don't look to someone else to legitimize that you're a sexual being."


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