Another large study in Great Britain found that testosterone makes us less cooperative, even with our friends, and more egocentric. And researchers in Germany found that subjects who had received an extra dose of testosterone lied less frequently. So the effect can sometimes seem contradictory.
There seems to be little doubt, however, that this hormone can make a wise man act foolishly, relying on his wallet instead of his heart. There have been many claims that men routinely turn to prostitution when all else fails, dating back to the mid 1940s when the (then) scandalous Kinsey Report claimed that 69 percent of American males had turned to a prostitute at least once during their lives.
So if you don't want to lose a friend, why not turn to a lady of the night?
Well, one new study indicates that may just be a myth.
Martin A. Monto and Christine Milrod of the University of Portland conducted a series of national studies and concluded that only about 14 percent of American men have ever had sex with a prostitute, and only 1 percent admitted they had done so within the year preceding the research.
"While it is noteworthy to recognize that the 1 percent of adult men who paid for sex in 2010 still results in a large number of customers, there is no credible evidence to support the idea that hiring sex workers is a common or conventional aspect of masculine sexual behavior among men in the United States," Monto said in releasing that report, published in the current issue of the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.
These researchers also found that even men arrested for soliciting sex were not "peculiar," just slightly more liberal than men who had never visited a prostitute.
So, how many myths have we destroyed with this research?
Men do not want to make out with their friend's wife. Not all are willing to turn to a prostitute, especially within the last year or so. And if we could control testosterone, we might achieve world peace.
As the Missouri study pointed out, this needs more work.