The latest data from the General Social Survey shows Americans seem to be having less sex.
In fact, the number of people reporting having no sex in the past year has reached an all-time high.
Via the Washington Post:
Experts who study Americans’ bedroom habits say there are a number of factors driving the Great American Sex Drought. Age is one of them: The 60-and-older demographic climbed from 18 percent of the population in 1996 to 26 percent in 2018, according to the survey. The share reporting no sex has consistently hovered around 50 percent, and because that age group is growing relative to everyone else, it has the net effect of reducing the overall population’s likelihood of having sex.
But changes at the other end of the age spectrum may be playing an even bigger role. The portion of Americans 18 to 29 reporting no sex in the past year more than doubled between 2008 and 2018, to 23 percent.
The share of men younger than 30 reporting no sex has nearly tripled since 2008 to 28%, while female peers only report an 8% increase.
Experts point to unemployment as a factor in younger men’s sex lives.
The data shows 54% of unemployed Americans don’t have a steady romantic partner versus only 32% of employed Americans.
Plus, more younger men are still living with their parents. Data shows that in 2014 35% of men between 18-34 years-old were living with their parents versus only 29% of women in that same age group.
Clearly, it’s a bit more awkward to get it going if you might be bringing a romantic partner back to your parent’s house.