Caitlin Gallagher
January 12, 2017 3:51 pm
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In news that we never thought that we’d be reporting on, masturbation breaks while at work could make employees more productive. Yep, you read that right. While this sounds more like behavior that would get a person fired from a job, some psychologists state it could be beneficial to morale.

These opinions from mental health professionals about workplace masturbation come from the British website metro.co.uk. The site spoke with two psychologists — Mark Sergeant, who is a senior lecturer in psychology at Nottingham Trent University and a specialist in human sexual behavior, and Dr. Cliff Arnall, who is known for being the person who created the idea of “Blue Monday.” According to Metro, both men saw value in masturbating at work.

Sergeant said a masturbation break would be a “great way to relieve tension and stress.”

But how this even became a discussion in the UK is because of good old America.

A reporter for Time Out New York, Jillian Anderson, conducted her own poll in 2015 about who masturbates at work and a resounding 39% said they did. In 2012, 31% of men that Glamour polled admitted to doing the deed at work as well. Apparently, masturbation breaks at work aren’t as far-fetched as it sounds.

A sex toy company then took this idea and ran with it by creating a booth in New York City for masturbation breaks. Snopes confirmed this wasn’t an actual masturbation booth, but a promotional move by the company.

Yet, despite that masturbating seems to be a relatively popular break-time activity, workplaces sanctioning such behavior does not seem likely.

So, while we’re all about men and women not being ashamed about masturbating, just remember there are laws against obscene behavior in public places — and that includes work. So for now, keep on keeping on masturbating in the safety of your own home to de-stress after a long day at work.

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