The Sex Drought: 23% Of Adults Haven’t Had Sex In The Past Year

April 12, 2019  |  

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Even though the world seems to be more open about sex and sexuality than prudish generations before, for some reason, we aren’t having as much sex.

“We are seeing pretty marked increases in the share of people who are not having sex frequently — especially in the share of younger adults,” W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, told TODAY. “We have come to a day that is about 50 years after the sexual revolution and what we are seeing is a decline of sex among young adults. No one, including myself, could have predicted this.”

But what’s causing the decline? Most of us would reasonably blame technology for our lack of sex–screen addition is real and people are communicating less and less in person. But one expert believes there is a link between economic despair and sex.

“The economic issues are real and significant,” Christine Whelan, director of Money, Relationships and Equality Initiative in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, told TODAY. “Increasingly what both men and women are looking for it a good financial prospect.”

Thats a change from social attitudes of the past, where just men were the breadwinners in most partnerships. Now, both men and women look at finances as a marker of partner potential.

Economics, compounded with the lure of endless options, has people delaying marriage way longer than our foremothers and forefathers. And married folks are usually having more sex than single folks, solely based on proximity. You naturally have more sex when you don’t have to go out and get it.

“Time spent outside of marriage tends to lead to less sexual activity,” Whelan said. “People who are partnered up in committed long-term relationships have more access to sex and have it more regularly.”

It also seems all the warnings and scare tactics from our parents really affected our ability to date freely.

“For anything that is more risky, including sex, there is an inclination of younger adults to approach that more carefully than was the case 30 years ago,” he said.

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