Independent market research company OnePoll recently questioned 2,000 men between the ages of 16 and 65 about their place in society. Half of the respondents claimed to be unsatisfied with their position in society and their personal sexual performance.
Former GP and trustee of the Sexual Dysfunction Association, Dr John Tomlinson, said that an ‘enormous’ number of 18- to 40-year-olds were concerned about sexual problems. He continued to suggest that advertisements including well-toned, physically flawless celebrities elicit a negative self-image in men.
Only 11% of 40-year-old men said their confidence is higher now than when they were younger. One in three of those men said when they go out to meet women they consume alcohol to boost their confidence.
One in four respondents claimed inadequacy in the bedroom because of TV shows like “Sex and The City” where ideal men are those with immense stamina and a perfect build.
“Men are more likely than women to have fragile self-esteem, as they judge their status in society through success in a single sphere, such as their career, the size of their pay packet or the model of their car,” said British Psychologist, David Sharpley. Also, because men in general do not spend a lot of time in introspection or communicating their concerns, they often let health issues go untreated.