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How Many Masturbate at Work [+1.000 Workers Survey]

Discover the intriguing world of self-pleasure in the workplace!

As remote and hybrid work models become the new norm, we at Bedbible were curious about how this shift impacts personal habits.

We surveyed 1,000 office workers to uncover the surprising realities of masturbation during work hours – both at home and in the office. Our findings, including demographic trends and some unexpected revelations, are sure to captivate your interest.

Dive into our study for a revealing look at this hidden aspect of the modern workday.

Key Stats

  • 34% have masturbated in the office at work.
  • 65% have masturbated during working hours at home.
  • 28% have been caught masturbating in the office.
  • 19% have had sex in the office.
  • 53% masturbate in the bathrooms/toilets.
  • Businesses collectively lose over $154 million each week paying employees while they masturbate.
  • Many masturbate during work hours to cope with stress or anxiety.


We commissioned a survey* of 1,000 office workers, the survey took place between 1st-5th September 2023. The age range of the people surveyed ranged from 18-65+. 

Masturbation during office hours (at home)

Firstly, the survey quizzed office workers on how frequently they masturbate during working hours when working from home. They did this to explore if people were taking advantage of the extra privacy granted through working remotely.

The results revealed a surprising 47% had previously masturbated during work hours while operating from the comfort of their home. Of this, 47%, one-fifth stated they masturbate during work hours every week. 

6% responded that they indulge in self-pleasure daily whilst working from home. Of those who answered daily, 14% were aged between 45-54. Looking at the gender demographics, males were more likely to masturbate daily while working remotely with 11% of males compared to 3% of female office workers.

Furthermore, 13% responded that they don’t work from home, while 35% shared that they have never masturbated while working remotely, meaning more survey respondents have masturbated during work hours while working from home.

Masturbating at home in work hours

Masturbation in the office (at work)

The survey also aimed to explore how many office workers masturbate while in the office and how frequently this takes place if so. 

The results of the survey revealed that 34% of respondents had previously masturbated whilst in the office, this included 10% of those aged between 45-54 masturbating in the office daily.

8% of the respondents revealed they masturbate in the office weekly and 9% stated that they do this every month. Shockingly, 4% revealed that they pleasure themselves daily whilst working from the office.

13% of 18-34-year-olds admitted that they please themselves in the office weekly. The same age range also ranked highest for those masturbating in the office every 2-3 months with 11%.

With 34% of office workers surveyed stating they have previously masturbated in the office, it was intriguing to see the different parts of the workplace where this is being carried out.

Looking at gender-specific data, 8% of female and 8% of male office workers surveyed masturbate weekly in the office. More female office employees masturbate in the office each month, with the data revealing that 11% of women do this in comparison to 6% of men.

Next, the survey asked office workers who had masturbated in the office (34%) which part of the office they used to indulge in self-pleasure. The results were:

Section of the officePercentage
In the bathroom/toilets53%
In the office when no one is in41%
In the locker room38%
In a cupboard/utility room33%
Prefer not to say 3%

Looking at the age demographics, the 55 and over age range ranked highest for all sections of the office, including 73% of this age range stating they use the bathroom to relieve themselves of sexual tension while in the office. 

Women were more likely to use an empty office to masturbate, with 45% compared to 36% of men. Men tended to use the bathroom more, with 61% stating this compared to 48% of women.

Masturbating in office

Caught in the act

In this last section, the survey investigated the number of office workers who had caught a coworker or been caught masturbating, they were also asked in this section if they have ever had sex at work.

Survey respondents were first quizzed on whether they had ever walked in on a colleague masturbating in the office. The results revealed that 15% of those surveyed had previously awkwardly caught their coworker in the act. 

Analyzing age demographics highlighted that the youngest age group, the 18-34 age range, had the highest percentage of workers who had previously caught their coworker masturbating, with 22%.

Next, the survey question was flipped, with office workers being asked if they had ever been caught in the act while in the office. 

The data revealed that 28% of office workers surveyed had been caught masturbating in the office. There were also 7% who stated they preferred not to say. 

Of those who had been caught indulging in self-pleasure, the age-specific results were:

  • 18-34 age range: 30%
  • 35-44 age range: 27%
  • 45-54 age range: 8%
  • 55 and over age range: 44%

It was shocking to see nearly half of the 55-and-over age range state that they have been caught in the office, closely followed up by the 18-34 age range with 30%.

Overall, 32% of those previously caught were male and 24% were female. Ambiguously, 11% of female survey respondents stated they prefer not to say whether they have been caught masturbating in the workplace.

Lastly, the survey asked office workers if they had ever previously had sex in the office. The results highlighted that almost a fifth (19%) of employees have, with 4% preferring not to answer. 

Of those who responded that they have, 26% were male and 14% were female office workers. One-quarter of the respondents who have had sex in the office were aged 55 or above. 

Stats at the office masturbation statistics survey. Bedbible

The Science Behind Work-time Pleasure

Masturbation, often seen as a private act, has found its way into work hours for many.

But why? According to sex counselor and psychotherapist Ian Kerner, Ph., as mentioned in the InsideHook article, masturbation serves various purposes.

For some, it’s a way to relax, experience pleasure, or delve into a fantasy.

For others, it’s a coping mechanism against stress or anxiety. The act can be so spontaneous that an individual might find themselves seeking a private spot in the workplace to relieve tension.

With the shift to remote work, the boundaries between professional and personal spaces have blurred, making it easier for many to indulge in self-pleasure during work hours.

The act itself releases Oxytocin, a hormone that helps relax the body by lowering blood pressure and cortisol levels.

This scientific backing might explain why a significant number of individuals claim that masturbating during work hours helps them relieve stress.

The Economic Implications of Masturbating at Work

While the personal benefits of masturbation during work hours might be evident, it’s essential to consider the broader economic implications.

As highlighted in the Huffington Post article, businesses collectively lose over $154 million each week paying employees while they masturbate.

On average, workers who admit to this act do so 2.19 times a week, spending around 36 minutes each time.

This translates to an average annual payment of $128 per person for the time spent on this activity.

While it’s essential to prioritize mental well-being and stress relief, businesses and employees alike should be aware of the potential economic costs associated with these private moments during work hours.

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