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Men Willing to Give up Sex for a 50in TV 139

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from the tough-choices dept.
Active Seti writes "The NY Times reports that nearly half of British men surveyed would give up sex for six months in return for a 50-inch plasma TV. The firm found 47 percent of men would give up sex for half a year, compared to just over a third of women. 'It seems that size really does matter more for men than women,' the firm said. The survey also said a quarter of people would give up smoking, with roughly the same proportion willing to give up chocolate which could make buying a plasma TV a good alternative to programs for smoking cessation or weight loss. Of course the survey should be taken with a grain of salt since it was carried out for a firm selling televisions."
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Men Willing to Give up Sex for a 50in TV

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  • by Hatta (162192) on Monday February 11, 2008 @06:49PM (#22384558) Journal
    You realize they'd be giving up sex with a British housewife. I can see how the TV would be more appealing.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by spun (1352)
      There's some nice looking Brits, contrary to popular opinion. The more important point is that they would be giving up British sex. From what I hear, it's not nearly as good as regular sex. :-P
      • by my $anity 0 (917519) on Monday February 11, 2008 @06:58PM (#22384706)
        No, don't you get it?
        If you have sex in Britain, you have sex in REAL LIFE.
      • The more important point is that they would be giving up British sex. From what I hear, it's not nearly as good as regular sex. :-P

        Oh.

        Well, the thing is, if we send Canucks and French on a lend-lease program to the UK, I'm sure they'd be willing to show British women how much more fun it is to have sex if you don't do it British style ...

        Reminds me of the film Love, Actually, where the Brit goes to the US to get laid, since his accent is "cute" there.
        • by schon (31600)

          if we send Canucks and French on a lend-lease program to the UK, I'm sure they'd be willing to show British women how much more fun it is to have sex if you don't do it British style
          I think you're misinterpreting the results.

          British women like sex just fine - it's the men that don't - at least not enough to give it up for a bigscreen TV.
      • by Molochi (555357) on Monday February 11, 2008 @10:00PM (#22386920)
        Harry Blackitt: Look at them, bloody Catholics, filling the bloody world up with bloody people they can't afford to bloody feed.
        Mrs. Blackitt: What are we dear?
        Harry Blackitt: Protestant, and fiercely proud of it.
        Mrs. Blackitt: Hmm. Well, why do they have so many children?
        Harry Blackitt: Because... every time they have sexual intercourse, they have to have a baby.
        Mrs. Blackitt: But it's the same with us, Harry.
        Harry Blackitt: What do you mean?
        Mrs. Blackitt: Well, I mean, we've got two children, and we've had sexual intercourse twice.
        Harry Blackitt: That's not the point. We could have it any time we wanted.
        Mrs. Blackitt: Really?
        Harry Blackitt: Oh, yes, and, what's more, because we don't believe in all that Papist claptrap, we can take precautions.
        Mrs. Blackitt: What, you mean... lock the door?
        Harry Blackitt: No, no. I mean, because we are members of the Protestant Reformed Church, which successfully challenged the autocratic power of the Papacy in the mid-sixteenth century, we can wear little rubber devices to prevent issue.
        Mrs. Blackitt: What d'you mean?
        Harry Blackitt: I could, if I wanted, have sexual intercourse with you...
        Mrs. Blackitt: Oh, yes, Harry.
        Harry Blackitt: ...and, by wearing a rubber sheath over my old feller, I could insure... that, when I came off, you would not be impregnated.
        Mrs. Blackitt: Ooh.
        Harry Blackitt: That's what being a Protestant's all about. That's why it's the church for me. That's why it's the church for anyone who respects the individual and the individual's right to decide for him or herself. When Martin Luther nailed his protest up to the church door in fifteen-seventeen, he may not have realised the full significance of what he was doing, but four hundred years later, thanks to him, my dear, I can wear whatever I want on my John Thomas...
        [sniff]
        Harry Blackitt: ... and, Protestantism doesn't stop at the simple condom. Oh, no. I can wear French Ticklers if I want.
        Mrs. Blackitt: You what?
        Harry Blackitt: French Ticklers. Black Mambos. Crocodile Ribs. Sheaths that are designed not only to protect, but also to enhance the stimulation of sexual congress.
        Mrs. Blackitt: Have you got one?
        Harry Blackitt: Have I got one? Uh, well, no, but I can go down the road any time I want and walk into Harry's and hold my head up high and say in a loud, steady voice, 'Harry, I want you to sell me a condom. In fact, today, I think I'll have a French Tickler, for I am a Protestant.'
        Mrs. Blackitt: Well, why don't you?
        Harry Blackitt: But they - Well, they cannot, 'cause their church never made the great leap out of the Middle Ages and the domination of alien Episcopal supremacy.
    • by tristian_was_here (865394) on Monday February 11, 2008 @07:14PM (#22384940)

      You realize they'd be giving up sex with a British housewife. I can see how the TV would be more appealing.
      I think most men on this website would give up something they have never had so thats about 80% of em' (all calculations made with Excel).
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by jollyreaper (513215)

      You realize they'd be giving up sex with a British housewife. I can see how the TV would be more appealing.
      Depends; does the woman they're giving up sex with look like the young one or the old one on Are You Being Served?
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Zantetsuken (935350)

      You realize they'd be giving up sex with a British housewife. I can see how the TV would be more appealing.

      You realize they'd be giving up sex with a British housewife. Not to mention that being over 40, they only get it once every 4 months anyway - whats an extra 2 months, especially when its that British housewife? I can see how the TV would be more appealing.
      There, fixed that for ya...
  • So what. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by SYSS Mouse (694626) on Monday February 11, 2008 @06:51PM (#22384574) Homepage
    I am still a virgin. I will give undoubtfully give up six for 6 months for a 50in TV.
    • Re:So what. (Score:5, Funny)

      by ccguy (1116865) * on Monday February 11, 2008 @06:54PM (#22384644) Homepage
      I think giving up 6 months of TV for sex makes more sense to you :-)
      • Re:So what. (Score:5, Funny)

        by nizo (81281) * on Monday February 11, 2008 @07:55PM (#22385440) Homepage Journal
        Sadly I just realized that if I got a tv for every 6 months of no sex, I could quit my day job and open my own tv store.
      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by iamacat (583406)
        Nope, if the GP truly wanted sex, he would be able to get it with much less sacrifice than giving up TV for 6 months. Just come to a local bar with a dance floor and ask to dance with every women there in turn. Be liberal but not necessarily tasteless with your selection criteria - there are some decent looking 40 year olds that should be Ok for short term. Pick one that is moderately drunk and start taking slight and then slowly increasing liberties while dancing. If you can get to some good rubbing and pe
        • You sir, are a cad.
          • by JosKarith (757063)
            But he's a cad who's getting some. Which puts him several rungs up the ladder from most of the people here...
        • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

          by Anonymous Coward
          Be liberal but not necessarily tasteless

          Name one liberal who's not!
      • by dgatwood (11270)

        And then there's the way that I read the article title.... "Men willing to give up sex for a 50 in. TV" to me reads "Men willing to have sex in exchange for a 50 in. TV."

        And, of course, my reaction was, "Well, duh. Most men will have sex for free. Throw in a TV to sweeten the deal and it's almost a given."

    • What if you were actually going to get laid in the next 6 months?
    • by antdude (79039)
      What's wrong with you? Mice mate often! And you're a virgin? :)
      • by Garridan (597129)
        Maybe he uses a laptop, and is content with his trackpad, so has never had an opportunity with a mouse? I, for one, use a trackball, and I would never think to mate with it. I think I'll have to think twice before sitting down to a friend's computer from now on... thanks a lot.
    • by Monsuco (998964)

      I am still a virgin.
      Your on slashdot, thus this is implied.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by JosKarith (757063)
      "I am still a virgin. I will give undoubtfully give up six for 6 months for a 50in TV" I know you're desperate, but keep some standards. A cross-dresser with a measurement of 50 inches in any direction is just wrong...
      • by Amouth (879122)
        ow ow ow ow.. damnit.. that image was painful.. keep thoughts like that to your self please..... must find drill and get that image out of my head.... ow ow ow
  • I think I speak for nearly everyone here when I say I've given up sex for far longer than six months, and didn't even get a TV out of the deal.
  • May as well get a reward for this, you know.

    What they forget: you can watch a lot of big-screen porn and go-it-alone with a big TV, so who needs company? :)

    Wait, do they count solo acts?
  • So how many (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Cro Magnon (467622) on Monday February 11, 2008 @06:55PM (#22384662) Homepage Journal
    would give up a 50" TV for 6 months of sex?
    • Seen as how I wasn't going to get any anyway, Sure, Why The Hell Not.
    • Re:So how many (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Prien715 (251944) <agnosticpope.gmail@com> on Monday February 11, 2008 @06:59PM (#22384722) Homepage Journal
      I think that should really be the next slashdot poll!

      You listening CowboyNeal?;)
      • But the only problem with this becoming a slashdot poll is what would the CowboyNeal option be? Never Mind I don't want to know.
    • Re:So how many (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Drake42 (4074) * on Monday February 11, 2008 @07:15PM (#22384950) Homepage
      hell
      yes

      (BTW: They lie. They will NOT be more horny after marriage.)
      • I don't know about that, you just have to know what they want, take her to the adult toy store, do something out of the ordinary, be adventurous, watch porn together, just spend time with just the two of you. Dated two years, married four years, two kids, and let's just say movie theater screens are waaaaay bigger than 50" and much more fun to have sex in front of(this was recent)especially since it wasn't a completely empty theater.
    • by Qzukk (229616)
      would give up a 50" TV for 6 months of sex?

      Damn, I decided to save money and go for the 43" model.
    • Sounds like a divorce.
    • 6 months of sex costs a lot more than a 50-inch tv...
    • by syousef (465911)
      would give up a 50" TV for 6 months of sex?

      The going rate is half of everything you own plus the possibility of child support. It's called a bad marriage to a self centered bimbo. Oh and the bimbo gets to reneg anytime she likes. You don't.

      For the record I'm a happily married man (1st marriage) and wouldn't advise marrying a bimbo.
      • The going rate is half of everything you own plus the possibility of child support. It's called a bad marriage to a self centered bimbo. Oh and the bimbo gets to reneg anytime she likes. You don't.

        Yeah, marriage laws pretty much have either of two purposes these days: to oppress men, or to support the legal profession by increasing the demand for prenuptual agreements.

    • Depends. Am I giving it, or receiving it?
    • by Xemu (50595)
      would give up a 50" TV for 6 months of sex?

      Now how many women would give up a 50" TV for 10" of love?
  • Old news (Score:2, Informative)

    by mrbcs (737902) *
    done to death on Fark.. Last week:

    http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=3385885 [fark.com]

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by eln (21727)
      Are you trying to suggest that different sites on the Internet may cover the same stories? Madness, I say!
  • How appropriate that this is posted in the hardware section. Think about it; these men would give up use of their hardware to get new, er, hardware.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Let's see..

    1. You can turn a TV on...or off with the click of a button.
    2. You can go from sports to pr0n wit the click of a button.
    3. You can mute the TV.
    4. You can ignore the TV with no repercussions.
    5. More variety the any woman
    6. The TV will impress your friends for years and years and years.
    7. You can brag about your TV without being seen as some sexist lout.
    8. A TV can be fixed with a simple service call.
    9. If it breaks you can get a new one.
    10. Upgrading to a new TV does not involve lawyers.
    • by jthill (303417)

      • More variety than any woman
      • The TV will impress your friends for years and years and years

      uhh, ... oh, never mind.

  • Time Served (Score:4, Funny)

    by Purity Of Essence (1007601) on Monday February 11, 2008 @07:11PM (#22384884)
    Can I get a 50 FOOT TV for time served?
  • As in " Men Willing to Give up Sex for a 50in Tubal Ligation..."

    OUCH!!!!
  • by Okian Warrior (537106) on Monday February 11, 2008 @07:49PM (#22385392) Homepage Journal
    Lessee here. A pack of cigarettes costs about $5.00 (source [tobaccofreekids.org]).

    Smoking 1 pack/day is about $150 per month, or $900 for 6 months. You can buy a 'sorta decent LCD TV for that, if you look around.

    One would need discipline to save the money into an account for 6 months, and not spend it in the meantime.

    It is my understanding that people who smoke have a tendency (statistically) to be people who do not form rational long-term planning and who tend not to put off pleasure for future greater gain.

  • Why is this a surprise?
  • Canadian men would just laugh in your face.

    Americans ... sigh .. sadly would probably go for it, but would try to get you to make it a 72 inch HDTV.
  • How many of those surveyed had even engaged in sex during the previous six months?
  • I've been married for 18 years - enough said.
  • Dear avid readers, there is a big difference between "going without for 6 months" as part of say, a much longer streak, vs. giving up a regular sex life for 6 months. However, if porn on the plasma screen itself counts, I think a lot of these guys would've defaulted.
  • When asked why... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by r_jensen11 (598210) on Monday February 11, 2008 @10:10PM (#22387018)
    When asked why they underwent the experiment, 78 percent of respondents stated that they participated in the experiment because their TV's respond favourably when they press the mute button.
  • .... Got the 56" anyway :p

    (shoulda gone for the 65")
  • I bought a 50" hdtv last year but I haven't had sex in two and a half years.

    hmmmmm...
  • ... if people prefer TV instead of sex, they should get kicked out of the gene pool anyway.
  • ... was giving up TV for 50 inches of sex... owch!!
  • I've only got a 24".

    I feel so inadequate... :(
  • I'd give up sex for six months if the only option was a four foot two inch transvestite.
  • is where's my damn 50" TV? Come on, at least hold up your end of the bargain!
  • by geekoid (135745)
    I've been married 18 years and we have sex at least 9 times a month. Yes, with each other.

    The trick: Have fun, see to her pleasure first, stay in shape.

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