Americans having less sex lately – and guess who’s to blame?
Americans had sex 16 fewer times annually in the latest look at how we spend our time.
An annual survey of 26,000 people showed a drop-off in sex in the years 2010 through 2014 compared to a decade earlier.
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Although sexual intimacy does decline with age, seniors alone did not account for the drop, said the researchers. Instead, it turns out that people in their 20s were not having sex as often as previous generations did at that age.
“The results suggest that Americans are having sex less frequently due to two primary factors: An increasing number of individuals without a steady or marital partner and a decline in sexual frequency among those with partners,” the researchers stated.
Their findings were reported Tuesday in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.
The new numbers show a turn-around in which groups enjoy the most sex: Married people no longer have an advantage in that department, said Jean M. Twenge, the study’s lead author and professor of psychology at San Diego State University.
“In the 1990s, married people had sex more times per year than never-married people, but by the mid-2000s that reversed, with the never-married having more sex,” she said.
The study examined the possibility that working parents are simply too busy to have time for sex – but found the data didn’t support that notion. Instead, people who work long hours actually have more sex, it turns out.
The explanation, the study says, is most likely that the Millennial generation – those born in the 1980s – as well as the generation coming after them are less likely to have a steady partner.
In an earlier study, Twenge and co-authors Ryne Sherman at Florida Atlantic University and Brooke Wells at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University, found that Millennials had fewer sexual partners than their Generation X predecessors – despite their reputation for casual sex.
The findings were similar in all categories of gender, race, region, educational level, and work status.