BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A new study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior discovered that Americans are having less sex. This comes a bit as a surprise, in a time when sex is promoted and sold everywhere, in movies, advertising, sometimes even on smartphones.
There are many who believe sex is beneficial and are trying to make people have it more often. These officials describe it as exercise, suggest that it might bring you advantages at work (if you have it home, of course), and a town official in Sweden even tried to promote the sex break during working hours.
In spite of all these attempts, it appears that all Americans, regardless of gender, marital status, race, or region where they come from, are now having less sex than ever. More precisely, statistics show that they had sex nine times fewer in 2014 than they did at the end of the 1990s.
Between early 1990s and early 2000s, studies show that Americans used to have sex around 60 or 65 times a year on average. Then, after 2002, the situation changed a bit and they appeared to lose interest in this activity. The decline was met in everybody, but those who greatly lowered the numbers were married people.
Married people usually had an advantage over single people, but now this advantage is starting to decline. In 2014, married couples had sex 56 times a year on average, as compared to 67 times in 1989. Now, there are more single people, and those who got married have less sex than they used to.
As an explanation for this decline, the researchers noticed some cultural changes that could have contributed to the situation. Now, Americans have more kinds of pleasures they can enjoy, and many of them are related to technology.
Thus, millennials and Generation Z are having less sex than any other generation at their age, which comes as a contradiction of the stereotype that people in their twenties are some sort of sexual deviants.
The researchers did not identify the exact causes of the decline, but they eliminated two from the beginning, namely longer working hours and pornography. People with a busier life and those with easy access to pornography usually have a more active sexual life.
Americans have started indeed to have less sex. However, there is one age group that did not show any decline. People over 70 had sex 11 times in 2014, as compared to 9.6 times in 1989.