A new US-based study reveals the stunning fact that Americans are spending less time fooling around in the bedroom compared to their parents and, most surprisingly, their grandparents. The study revealed that between the 2002-2012 timeframe, the average American adult’s sex drive has decreased by 17 percent. Among the most cited influencers are celibacy in the ‘20s, stress, inability to find a long-term partner and the prevalence of online pornography.
The new sex study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, clearly shows that there is a decline in sexual activity among American adults. The study’s outline states that in 2002, the average American adult reported that he had sex at least 64 times per year. However, the researchers observed that during the 2002-2014 timeframe, the number of annual sexual intercourses dropped from 64 to 53 or 17 percent.
In order to determine this shift in sex tendencies, the scientists involved in this project used the data previously gathered by the General Social Survey. This nation-wide survey involved approximately 26,000 people, who were asked to complete questionnaires regarding their sexual habits. The survey began in 1989.
After analyzing the data and taking into account factors such as race, geography, age, and gender, the researchers observed that the lack of interest in bedroom activities is distinctive.
So, what’s the reason why so many American have a decreased interest in sex? According to the researchers, marriage seems to be one of most prevalent influencers. A couple of decades ago, people would marry when they were in their 20s, considered by many researchers to be the peak of sexual desire.
On the other hand, in the last decades, American adults have decided to postpone marriage until the 30s, preferring one night stands instead of a long-term partner. Surprisingly enough, the researchers declared that the access to online pornography might also be an important influencer. However, previous data shows that individuals who watch adult films are two times more likely to have sex, compared to those who don’t watch Internet porn.
Work-related stress is also considered to be a factor in this declining sexual tendency. However, the team has noted that those who have a full-time job had more sex than those with a no job or those with a part-time job.
Whatever the case may be, the study proves that the average American is starting to lose interest in sex, a tendency which might have dire repercussions.
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