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Millennials Are Having Sex Less Often

Millennials Are Having Sex Less Often

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.

The results showed that American adults, on average, were having sex significantly less frequently in the early 2010s than adults were in the 90s.

Both the zero-to-six responses and the researchers' estimates of how often people are boning fell over time: Americans bumped uglies an estimated 60 times per year on average from 1989 to 1994, 62 times per year from 1995 to 1999, 62 from 2000 to 2004, 58 from 2005-2009 and 54 from 2010 to 2014.

"These data show a major reversal from previous decades in terms of marriage and sex". "Fewer people have steady partners [and] the people who do have steady partners are having sex less often".

"Entertainment is more entertaining now, it's more on demand - you can access it anytime you want", she says.

"We do know that sexual frequency is linked to marital satisfaction", elaborates Twenge, "So overall if you have fewer people having sex you could have people who are less happy and less satisfied with that relationship".

That said, millennials are still having sex more often than anyone else. They're also marrying later. This figure dropped so much that is now lower than the registers of the average sex frequency of never-married people, which is of 59 times a year. Comparing the numbers to 1990s, the number of intimate encounters in 2014 has reduced by 16 times a year.

The study also found that a higher percentage of Americans today are not in a couple.

Looking at data from 26,000 people during 1989-2014, researchers found that almost every American is having sex less often: from marrieds to singletons; on the West Coast all the way East. Because the survey does not define what "having sex" is, it's left up to the interpretation of the respondent, meaning different generations could define sexual activity differently (oral sex vs. penile-vaginal intercourse, for example). Twenge and her co-authors reached this conclusion.

As for the drop in sexual activity overall, among all ages of American adults, Prof. But researchers think that respondents' miscalculations tend to balance each other out.

The findings come at a time in American culture when people are much more likely to approve of premarital sex and sex between two same-sex adults - findings from 2015 and 2016 studies Wells published with Twenge and Sherman. Information on the greatness of sex is useless if we aren't actually doing it, though.

"I would say the number one cause for a lack of sex is fatigue", said University of Washington social professor Pepper Schwartz, citing more men and women striving to stay middle-class or above, and therefore getting preoccupied with things other than sexual connection.

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