Well, a new study seems to suggest that men really care to know how their unit stacks up against other men.
In the study—which lists the average length of a flaccid and erect penis, which is about 3.5 inches and 5.2 inches, respectively—researchers compiled existing medical data to find the average. But does it matter? Well, apparently, for many men it really does.
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine urologist Christopher Gonzales, MD, explains, “Overall, the information provides standards for penile length and can assist the clinician with the all too common scenario of reassuring a man with small penis anxiety or body image disorder that he ‘stacks up’ to other men.”
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine assistant professor of urology, Benjamin Davies, MD, however, doesn’t think this is important. He says, “I don’t see this as a particularly useful study,” noting that “people who have real psychological problems with length, they should seek counsel with psychiatrists, not really urologists.”