Researchers have trouble fully defining asexuality. Mostly because this label encompasses anybody who feels they simply don’t experience sexual attraction. One question that often comes up when discussing asexuality is whether or not asexual people masturbate, or have sexual fantasies.
Researchers at University of British Columbia conducted a survey of 1,090 people to try and find an answer to these questions. Participants were given a survey designed to “capture asexuality” and of the 1,090 surveyed participants, 351 were identified as asexual.
These findings alone are cause many experts to question if asexual is becoming too broad of a label, and if we need to fine-tune this definition a little more. (But that’s a subject for a different article.)
It turns out about 20 percent for asexual men and 35 percent of asexual women don’t have sexual fantasies at all.
So what about the rest? When it comes to fantasy and masturbation, asexual people aren’t very different from “sexual” people in terms of frequency. What is different is how they fantasise.