Study Confirms Men Will Choose Sex Over Food

Published On 10/16/2015 Published On 10/16/2015

Sure, dudes love burgers and bacon and all that greasy, wonderful stuff. But there's something they love apparently even more: sex.

Scientists at University College London spent some quality time with nematode worms (bear with me here) and have concluded that the neurons in the worm's brain are hardwired to seek out sex over food. And, guess what: they're saying dudes (human dudes) work the same way. 

"Though the work is carried out in a small worm, it nevertheless gives us a perspective that helps us appreciate and possibly understand the variety of human sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identification," says Professor Scott Emmons from the Departments of Genetics and Neuroscience at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

This might be hard for non-worms to wrap their heads around, but basically, the conclusion of this study suggests that the male human brain could be hardwired like the brains of these phallic little worms. While Mel Gibson proved years ago that men and women think completely differently from each other, this study provides more context and scientific evidence. 

HuffPo reports the specifics on the experiment to further explain the findings: "They conditioned the worms in a controlled environment so that they would associate the appearance of salt with starvation. Over the course of the experiment, the worms began to move away from the salt. However, when salt was present at the same time as a potential mate, the male worms risked getting close to the salt in order to advance sexually."

To explain it to you like you're five: men would risk starving to death if it meant getting their beaks wet. But you already knew that, didn't you?


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Jeremy Glass is a writer for Thrillist and will always seek out worms over food. 



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