The other day The Huffington Post published an article called the 8 Things People Would Rather Have Than Sex. The article gives a basic review of the results of recent surveys judging what people would choose over a night (or year) of sex.
Honestly, sleep being the number one thing people would choose over sex is not even vaguely a surprise. Think about how tired you are right now. Think about how much effort goes into sex. Is it any wonder that you’d rather catch another eight hours of sleep? Besides, it’s not like you can’t wake up feeling refreshed and then pursue some other bed-ish activities. Then again, I know an awful lot of people who are so sleep-deprived that they might put off sex indefinitely for several nights in a row of uninterrupted REM.
But there are some things on this list that just sound a bit strange. Don’t get me wrong– I love bacon, too; just not as much as some of you, apparently. Chocolate could cause a mutiny– this I understand. But the comment about wanting a lighter backpack? Yikes. I know they said it was in reference to college students, but that just sounds disturbing. I mean, how many books are they carrying around? I’m just going to hope that they were celibate anyway, and that the choice between their current situation and getting a lighter backpack was the actual thought process. Sure. That could be it.
I’m kidding about the results of the studies, obviously, but they did raise an interesting point for me. Is sex so easy to get these days that it has become devalued? Is that why we’re willing to give it up for something that we value more… like access to the Internet (who knew Twitter was that irreplaceable)? Or are we so disconnected in places like Los Angeles that choosing celibacy over losing our cellphones isn’t much of a choice because no one is getting any anyway? It’s a puzzle.
What do you think? Has sex become devalued, or is bacon really just that good?