Eight out of ten men who watched the TV series Survivor doubled their number of sexual intercourses! According to a research carried out in Greece, the popular TV series sent sky high both ratings and libido!
1000 men aged between 20 and 60 years who had visited the Andrology Institute, participated in the research that was carried out in the last three months. It was found that eight out of then of the viewers of the TV series had doubled the frequency of their sexual activity. Among non-viewers the frequency remained unchanged.
Konstantinos Konstantinidis, MD, PSC, PhD, urologist – andrologist, President of International Andrology and of the Andrology Institute as well as Head of the Department of Sexual Health at Athens Medical Centre, explains:
“While one would have expected that sitting in front of a TV screen would decrease men’s sexual drive, our research revealed quite the opposite”.
Mr Konstantinidis adds: “The TV series’ stress-relieving properties, worrying about who will be the final winner, the cliché that men are hunters and women are prey, the absence of deeper considerations, the fact that sex was absent throughout the TV series and that men and women were competing for food in a heavenly setting having forgotten their sexual identity, all of the above, aroused primitive instincts that are usually dormant when watching the news talking about austerity…”
The anxiety caused by viewing the TV series triggered the arousal of the hormones of desire. This was also intensified by the island’s exotic setting and by the life led by the participants – which helped viewers disconnect from everyday problems.
Ten reasons for the sexual boom caused by Survivor
Mr Konstantinidis provides a detailed explanation of the ten reasons for which the TV series aroused “dormant” instincts and doubled the number of sexual intercourses for its viewers.
1) According to the Theory of Evolution, our survival is driven by three fundamental instincts: hunger, fear and sex. Food helps us stay alive, fear makes us carry on living and sex makes us create new life.
2) The winner takes it all, that is, the winner survives in a system in which he/she had to struggle for food and to adapt to new circumstances – Darwin’s second law.
3) Victory requires cooperation strategies, unity and solidarity, leave the flock and the wolf will devour you… The individuals had to form groups in order to survive; no one can survive alone in a society with rules and institutions.
4) The anxiety for survival makes us more intelligent. From the time of our primitive ancestors who relied on foraging until the industrialisation of food production, information exchange and planning has always been the key factor.
5) Food is a kind of reward. However, conventional wisdom tells us that: “Man shall not live by bread alone” and that is why our life has to be pleasure-seeking as well. And, probably, life’s greater pleasure is love which is shared equally among those who have and those who have not.
6) We are living in an era where virtual reality has turned almost real. TV spectacles and on-line communication keep us connected in a way that makes us identify with what is viewed, to copy it and to want it. Consequently, we are what we see and want.
7) Experiments carried out have revealed that the viewer of an intense scene feels love for the hero of this scene even of he/she is not the most handsome or most beautiful of the characters…
8) Our identification with the gladiator, the crowd in the arena that condemns or glorifies him, our noble or corrupt heroes are the two sides of human nature. In theatre, literature, cinema, television and the Internet we identify ourselves with the heroes that we already have in our souls, and who are reflected on the heroes on the scene.
9) The innocence of a TV series with no violence or sex provides an alibi even for our nearly pornographic admiration of the participants’ naked tanned bodies and of their life as protoplasts in Paradise.
10) Watching an exotic setting helps us forget the harsh reality of our life in Greece of the last years. Meanwhile, it offers lessons on how to survive, that nothing comes for free in life and that we must struggle in order to get something.
In conclusion, the anxiety for the final victory and for getting food, combined with a stress-free atmosphere in front of a TV screen – since life has become a TV series and the TV series has become survival – created a sense of relaxation which is a prerequisite for the arousal of the hormones of desire and for enjoying the pleasures of sexual life.
As stressed by the President of the Andrology Institute: “Let us not forget that civilisation imposes misery on love and on many other aspects of our life and that the more we get in touch with nature the more we act naturally in our love life”.
He concludes: “This TV series had everything. Relaxed atmosphere, competitive spirit, fabulous setting, few clothes and a small portion of food to feed the participants’ hunger instead of a hearty meal… The participants were on vacation, however the viewers in Greece also took a break off their everyday routine, and thus, their libido skyrocketed”.