T hese should be boom times for sex. New cases of HIV are at an all-time low. Most women can—at last—get birth control for free, and the morning-after pill without a prescription. If hookups are your thing, Grindr and Tinder offer the prospect of casual sex within the hour. BDSM plays at the local multiplex—but why bother going? Sex is portrayed, often graphically and sometimes gorgeously, on prime-time cable.
Why Young Americans Are Having Less Sex Than Ever Before
Young People Are Having Less Sex - The Atlantic
A new study in the journal JAMA Network Open found that sexual activity was on the decline, most notably in young men. One in three men aged 18 to 24 reported no sexual activity in the previous year. Between and , nearly 10, men and women between the ages of 18 and 44 were asked how often they had sex, with possible responses ranging from weekly to once or twice per year, and how many sexual partners they'd had, from none to more than partners. Overall, the groups that saw the sharpest declines were younger men, and women aged 25 to 34, who were both having less sex, while married couples reported having less weekly sex.
America is in a 'sex drought' and here's why it matters
Since about , researchers have noticed somewhat of an unusual trend in the United States: Fewer Americans are having sex than they did in previous decades. No one, including myself, could have predicted this. While this "sex recession" seems to have the biggest impact on economically disadvantaged people, the experts have identified several reasons why people generally are having less sex. Most notably, people are delaying marriage. Whelan believes the obesity epidemic, opioid addiction, aging population and other health factors put a damper on bedroom activity.
People are having less sex, and the decline is being seen among younger adults, particularly men. The trend may have more to do with the internet and dating apps than morality, fear of pregnancy, or easy access to porn. About 1 in 3 men ages 18 to 24 years reported no sexual activity in the past year, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open. Between and , past-year sexual inactivity rose from almost 19 percent to almost 31 percent among men ages 18 to 24, according to researchers led by Dr. Sexual inactivity among women of the same age remained relatively constant, rising from 15 percent to 19 percent over the same time period.