In recent times, both the social and the medical perspective on masturbation have undergone a radical change. What was considered until recently as a shameful and disgusting activity is now becoming largely acceptable in most mainstream social spheres, and in fact some experts are also attributing various benefits to this habit. The greatest pro for masturbation today is that it provides an excellent option for sexual release in people who do not have sexual partners, which is directly responsible for reducing certain forms of crime and even mental problems such as depression, frustration and agony.
Studies have shown that a very large number of men and women have masturbated at some points in their lives. The number is pegged at about 92% in men and 64% in women. But it must be remembered that people usually lie about indulging in such a personal activity. In a particular study, some women were initially asked to fill a form about their masturbation habits. After that, they were shown an elaborate video of a woman masturbating. Then they were asked similar questions again. It was found that after watching the video, more women admitted that they had indulged in masturbation. This is direct evidence that people do not admit about their masturbation habits unless and until they are coaxed by being open about the subject.