About.com Guide to Sexuality Cory Silverberg highlights findings by scientist Michael Reece, who recently published data about vibrating sex toy use among gay and bisexual men. "Along with Debby Herbenick and colleagues at Indiana University's Center for Sexual Health Promotion, Reece has managed to find the funding and time to conduct basic research on sex toy use that has long been needed," Cory writes.
Although the study leaves many questions unanswered, it provides interesting data, like "while 49.8% of men said they have used a vibrator, only 27% said they had purchased one." Most respondents use vibrators for anal pleasure. 59 percent said they hold or rub a vibrator against their penis. "The majority of people agreed that vibrators increased arousal, pleasure, and orgasm," but none said this emphatically. "I note this because, particularly online…you often read stories of blissful satisfaction, where the toy seems to be satisfying every need, solving big problems," Cory says.