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Published: Thu, March 09, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

Millennials Are Having Sex Less Often

Millennials Are Having Sex Less Often

Specifically, Americans born in the 1980s and 1990s are having less sex than those born in the 1960s and 1970s had at the same age ― despite their reputation for relying on dating apps to set up sexual encounters and preferring hookup culture to traditional courtship.

The findings were discussed in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Americans in their 20s had sex an average of about 80 times per year, compared to about 20 times per year for those in their 60s, the study found.

In order to compare the habits of different age groups (people born in the '60s versus people born in the '80s, for example) the researchers determined the ratios between how often those various groups have sex, and adjusted the numbers to balance out the known decrease in sexual frequency that comes with aging.

Despite living in a culture that has evolved to a point where sex is openly discussed and accepted in many forms, Americans are having sex less frequently than they were 25 years ago, according to a new Widner University study released Wednesday.

"American adults had sex about seven times per year less often in the early 2010s (vs. the early 1990s) and about nine times a year less often than in the late 1990s", the paper reads.

"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".

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"Are they less happy and thus having less sex or are they having less sex and therefore less happy?" It's also happening to married couples. Sixty-six Americans were living with a partner in 1986; in 2014, only 59 percent were, according to GSS data.

Once upon a time, a steady relationship meant steady sex.

According to a university statement the GSS figures amounted to "a nationally representative sample of more than 26,000 American adults asked about their sexual behavior since 1989". "What you need for a sex life is energy, focus, and time and the right mood", reasons Schwartz, adding, "If I've just run a marathon, is the first thing I want to do have sex?" We couldn't possibly be having less sex than previous generations, could we? Twenge said she doesn't think people included masturbation in their responses.

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

"We found that the decline in sexual frequency was due to two factors", Ryne A. Sherman, Ph.

There's some evidence to suggest that sex frequency can be a be a proxy for happiness, meaning it's a trend public health and policy experts should consider examining. That is, partnered people have more sex on average than unpartnered people. "It's probably some of both", Twenge said in a statement. "The unemployment rate is very low".

Wells worked in coordination with Jean M. Twenge of San Diego State University and Ryne A. Sherman of Florida Atlantic University in analyzing data from the General Social Survey, a nationally representative survey of more than 30,000 US adults that gathered information about how often people have sex.

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