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Science tells dudes their penises are totally normal

The average length for a flaccid penis is 3.6 inches. So stop Googling it.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Posted on Mar 4, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 9:41 am CDT

There are so many scientific studies on penis size that you could easily describe the field as a dick-measuring contest in itself.

The latest study is a set of graphs combining twenty previous studies on penis size, which will hopefully determine the average size of the male member once and for all. The answer may be comforting to the many men who think there’s something wrong with their wangs, since the average size for a flaccid penis is a mere 3.6 inches in length. Erect, the average is 5.16 inches in length and 4.5 inches in circumference.

This graph helpfully illustrates just how many penises fall into the “normal” range, which in itself is probably smaller than most people expect. Only 2.28 percent of penises fall into the “unusually small” or “unusually large” category. 

These results were published in the British Journal of Urology, and they debunk many myths about penis size—including those that were shared in this viral infographic about penises around the world. There is no evidence that race or nationality have any effect on size, despite what some racist stereotypes suggest. Similarly, the researchers found no correlation between foot size and genitalia. 

We’d like to think that this new information would put an end to men’s penis size paranoia once and for all, but just look at the Men’s Health section of Yahoo Answers, where the most common questions all seem to be about penis length and masturbation.

Yahoo Answers

According to Google stats, men Google their penises more than any other body part. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz of the New York Times writes:

“Men make more searches asking how to make their penises bigger than how to tune a guitar, make an omelet or change a tire. Men’s top Googled concern about steroids is whether taking them might make their penis smaller. Men’s top Googled question related to how their body or mind changed as they aged was whether their penis got smaller.”

Meanwhile, Stephens-Davidowitz writes, women rarely Google their partners’ penis sizes at all. When they do, it’s often related to discomfort caused by a penis that feels too big during sex. And of course, anecdotal evidence has always suggested that it’s not the size of the boat that matters, but the motion of the ocean.

H/T Deathandtaxes | Photo via Acdx/Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 2.5)

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*First Published: Mar 4, 2015, 12:42 pm CST