Medicine

Americans Seem To Be Having Less Sex

Americans Seem To Be Having Less Sex

Psychology professor Jean Twenge of San Diego State University and her colleagues - using data from the annual national General Social Survey - discovered that Americans had around nine fewer instances of sex every year from 2010 to 2014 than they did from 1995 to 1999, the peak period since the survey began in 1989.

Researchers have discovered something wonderful about sex, and one that should be surprising to most people: we are not having anywhere near the amount of sex that we did a quarter century ago.

Each morning, participants were asked, "How many times did you have sexual intercourse between the end of your work shift yesterday and right now?"

Researchers followed 159 married couples in a variety of industries (education, health care, retail, government, etc.) for two weeks, asking them to complete two short surveys each day.

"Much of this decline is due to the lower marriage rate in recent years, as married individuals have sex more consistently than unmarried individuals (a similar trend appears for living together)", they wrote at the end of the paper. All Americans responding to the survey had sex almost nine fewer times (dropping from 60 to 62 times each year from 1995 to 1999 to less than 53 times between 2010 and 2014, notes The Washington Post).

For both married couples and all other Americans, that's seemingly the case, according to a study published this week in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.


We often think of pornography as an inhibitor for real life sexual activity, but research shows its consumption is associated with a higher probability of increased sexual partners and more casual sex. By age 45, they're having sex about 60 times a year and by age 65, it's down to 20 intimate cavorts a year.

Millennials, who are often credited with furthering the hookup culture, aren't having sex almost as often as their parents, grandparents or even great grandparents. The bottom line: Fewer young adults are in committed relationships, which could be contributing to the decline in sex frequency for that age cohort.

So it's not exactly a surprise that the same researchers found in a previous study that American adults' happiness declined between 2000 and 2014. While she and her team describe a decidedly unsexy situation in their report, the numbers don't indicate whether Americans will want to get down with each other any more often, any time soon.

The figures also show that it is not only married couples, single people who choose to stay single that also adds to the declining figures.

As long as you're happy and satisfied with your sex life, there's no need to worry. However, among married people specifically, the drop was more severe - they went from banging 73 times per year in 1990 to just 55 times in 2014, according to the Post. "First, the increase in the number of people who are unpartnered has led to a decrease in sexual frequency".


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