The poll of women aged between 18-50 found that 18 per cent of women would rather do a 'craft activity' like knitting, sewing, painting or card-making instead of romping with their partner.
Asked to pick from a range of 'options' if they were given a spare moment to relax, women chose reading a good book as their 'top option', trumping sex, crafting or having a bath.
A SURVEY of 1,000 women has found that the majority prefer reading a book or knitting to having sex
The top four options chosen by women in the poll released today were:
1 – Read a book – 37 per cent
2 – Have a bath – 26 per cent
3 – Crafting (Knitting, sewing etc) – 18 per cent
4 – Have sex – 8 per cent
The poll, to mark the launch of the novel Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses by author Carole Matthews earlier this month, also found that 77 per cent of women often felt 'stressed and anxious'.
The majority of women surveyed said they would prefer to have a bath
It also found that 36 per cent of the women polled said their stress levels had rocketed in the wake of the events of 2016, including Brexit, Trump's election and financial worries.
I'd probably choose an hour with a ball of wool
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Mum-of-one Claire Harper, 39, of Hertford, Herts, said: "If I get an hour to myself I usually get into the bath with a good book.
"I enjoy knitting as well and would probably choose an hour with a ball of wool than with my partner, however bad that might sound!" She added: "To be honest, he'd probably go down the pub or watch YouTube if he had an hour to himself, so I'd have no-one to have sex with anyway!"
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26 per cent women surveyed would prefer to have a bath
Behavourial psychologist Jo Hemmings said: "In these stressful times, it's natural that we turn to activities that not only give us a sense of purpose and achievement but also allow our minds to switch off from anxiety and relax. "With information and news bombarding us at every level, and not all of it being what we might want to hear, the brain needs to 'de-strain' and replenish its energy reserves with more rewarding and pleasurable activities.
"The focus and enjoyment from pursuing a craft activity of our choice is the perfect solution to calm and de-stress us."