When actress Kristen Stewart was asked what it was like watching herself making whoopee in the film "On the Road," her (sensible, we think) answer was: "It's fairly ridiculous watching yourself fake have[ing] sex."
And although she was trying her best to fool the audience, most moviegoers didn't buy it.
It turns out the same is true in bedrooms across North America. Both men and women know when their partner is faking it, no matter how hard the other person is trying to be convincing.
Researchers from Canada's Waterloo University compared a couple's perception of each other's sexual satisfaction with what each person said it was, and bingo — the significant others got it right most of the time!
So why do around 28 percent of men and 68 percent of women say they sometimes fake orgasm? It's not to express passion, but to let their partner think all his or her moves are working or to get things done more quickly.
But listen up! Since your partner actually knows whether you're satisfied, faking it can build resentment and frustration.
The researchers suggest that an effective way to achieve mutual satisfaction is to cut out the acting.
Actually telling one another what's working and what isn't lets partners develop sexual patterns they both enjoy and lets them "decide whether to stick with a current routine or try something new."
And they remind couples that over time, you form routines for how you share intimacy, so they might as well be ones that make you both happy.
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