Why are Americans having less sex?

Americans in their 20s had sex about 80 times a year, compared with people in their 60s having sex about 20 times a year.

This slump holds true regardless of gender, age, race, work or marital status, although it's most precipitous for American who were married or living with a romantic partner, a group that reported having sex 16 fewer times per year in the early 2010s when compared to the early 2000s.

According to data from a national survey of almost 30,000 people has found Americans are having less sex than they used.

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.

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 USA adults that gathered information about how often people have sex.

The lower marriage rate in recent years is a key factor to the decline, since married people have sex more consistently than unmarried people, according to the study's conclusion.

"It's probably some of both", the study's lead author Jean Twenge said.

Despite not having as much sex as their parents did when they were young, Millennials are still having more sex than anyone else right now.

The results reveal that on average across all time periods and generations, those with a steady partner unsurprisingly have sex more often than those without.

Taken together it would seem that millennials are having less sex, but the finding is not necessary bleak. But by 2014, that figure dropped to less than 53 times each year overall.

Sex lives are lacking all across America - at least that's what a new study released in the Archives of Sexual Behavior journal insinuated.

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

While the topic of sex is less taboo than it was a generation ago, that doesn't necessarily mean people are having more of it. "Data from Britain's Natsal studies suggest that this is the case for the vast majority of people, with only a minority reporting that they were dissatisfied with their sex lives".

Finally, the study found the decline was not linked to increased pornography use, and age had a strong effect on sexual frequency.

  • Joanne Flowers