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Published: Fri, March 10, 2017
Health | By Bessie Ortiz

You're not the only one, Americans are having sex less often

You're not the only one, Americans are having sex less often

Adults ages 19 to 31 who frequently used social media were more likely to feel socially isolated than their peers who used social media less often, according to a study published this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

"Not tonight" seems to be an increasingly familiar refrain in America's bedrooms, according to a new study that found people are having less sex than they previously did. If someone asked you how many times you do it weekly, would you go through every encounter in your head and count? It revealed sexual frequency declined among people who are married or living together, but stayed steady among those without partners. They're also marrying later.

That also means people had to define for themselves what sex is, yet they still say they are having significantly less sex. 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.

This might be a surprising trend, given attitudes toward sex didn't get noticeably more conservative between 2010 and 2014, the most recent five-year period the San Diego State University researchers looked at for their study.

"As the boundary between work and home life continues to erode through technology and increasing expectations of availability, employers would be wise to consider practices, such as limiting urgent-response emails in the evening, when employees may be engaging in physical intimacy, which appears to positively affect work behavior the following day", the authors write.

Younger generations, such as millennials, tend to have sex less often than their grandparents did when they were young, in part because fewer of them have steady partners.

The study, lead by Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at the university, examined data from the General Social Survey which polled a nationally representative sample of 26,000 Americans starting in 1989.

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.

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

The decline in marriage doesn't explain the entire drop in sexual activity, however, since married and partnered people are also having less sex than they once were, across age groups.

"We found that the decline in sexual frequency was due to two factors", Ryne A. Sherman, Ph. "If that's the case, this decline is actually bigger than what we found".

The cohort having the most sex for their age, according to these adjusted numbers? "People aren't looking around saying, 'Hey, it's ten o'clock, what are we going to do?'" "People's minds are occupied with things other than the physical connection, and that has increased in modern life, and especially from the 80s and 90s and forward".

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