Couples Having Less Sex than Those a Decade Earlier, Study Finds

  • Couples Having Less Sex than Those a Decade Earlier, Study Finds

Couples Having Less Sex than Those a Decade Earlier, Study Finds

It's tempting to fire off one last client email right before bed, but you're probably better off having sex with your spouse, according to a new study. Unpartnered people tend to have sex half as frequently as people who are in couples, says the study. The decline has been recorded across the board, with one category that seems to pull everybody down, the married couples.

But now, the younger generations are having less sex than older cohorts had when they were younger. Americans in their 20s had sex about 80 times a year, in comparison to people in their 60s who are having sex about 20 times a year.

An annual survey of 26,000 people showed a drop-off in sex in the years 2010 through 2014 compared to a decade earlier.

For both married couples and all other Americans, that's seemingly the case, according to a study published this week in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

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.

The study, put out by researchers at Widener University in Pennsylvania, examined 30,000 USA adults and also found that the rate of sex plunged from 64 times per year in 2002 to 53 by 204. By 45, they were doing it 60 times a year, and that number dropped to 20 by 65.

Millennials, who are often credited with furthering the hookup culture, aren't having sex almost as often as their parents, grandparents or even great grandparents.

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

The study also found that married people's sexual activity (about 55 times in 2014) declined so much from 73 times in 1990 that it's less than for those who have never been married (59 times).

And as for gender: The decline in sex was about evenly split among men and women.

"Older and married people are having sex less often - especially after 2000", Prof Twenge said. Information on the greatness of sex is useless if we aren't actually doing it, though.

The study is fraught with places to plant a sceptical eye - the number of encounters per year are all based on the author's estimates, which draw data from that zero-to-six approximation question.

"In a previous paper, we found that the happiness of adults over age 30 declined between 2000 and 2014", said Twenge. It appears that even if we do go through and make a mad leap into marriage, we are so busy that we only have time to think about advancing our careers. The data could be surprising for many as generally people believe that number of casual encounters would have increased easily of getting in touch with people.