Americans Are Having Less Sex Than Ever - and Researchers Are Blaming Netflix

Posted March 09, 2017

"As the boundary between work and home life continues to erode through technology and increasing expectations of availability, employers would be wise to consider practices, such as limiting urgent-response emails in the evening, when employees may be engaging in physical intimacy, which appears to positively affect work behavior the following day", the authors write. A new study found that people across the US are having less sex now than they did in the 1990s.

Another of the important explanations granted by the researchers is that now the "marriage advantage" seems to have lost its effect. 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. "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". Researchers discovered that American adults had sex about nine fewer times per year in the early 2010s compared to the late 1990s, according to data from the nationally representative General Social Survey.

Sexual frequency tends to peak around age 25, then declines 3.2 percent per year after that, said the study.

"Older and married people are having sex less often - especially after 2000", Twenge said.

The study also found that Americans are not desiring being in a loving relationship as much as they did before.

Twenge and her team came to this conclusions about millennial sex by examining the survey responses from a sample of 26,000 Americans who had been asked about their sexual behavior and histories since 1989. Only 59 percent of people lived with a significant other in 2014 compared to 66 of American adults who lived with a partner in 1986.

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Despite the drop across all groups, married people suffered the largest decline in sex.

So why are Americans having less sex?

Adults in the USA are having less sex than we were 25 years ago, according to a new study published Tuesday in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Even when the study did not list the specific causes that could explain these rates, researchers did express which factors could be affecting in this issue.

Unsurprisingly, the study found a steady decline in frequency of sexual activity as people age, from over 80 times a year for people in their 20s to about 60 times a year by 45 and 20 times a year by 65.

"Despite their reputation for hooking up", the current, catch-all term for casual sexual encounters, "Millennials and the generation after them (known as iGen or Generation Z) are actually having sex less often than their parents and grandparents did when they were young", said San Diego State University Psychology Professor Jean Twenge, the lead author of the study.