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Having Less Sex? You're in Good Company

Sunday Mar 31, 2019

With new dating apps appearing seemingly daily, there is a sense that more and more people are hooking up on a regular basis.

But if you are not, you are in good company, according to a report in The Washington Post.

"The share of U.S. adults reporting no sex in the past year reached an all-time high in 2018, underscoring a three-decade trend line marked by an aging population and higher numbers of unattached people," reads a report in the newspaper.

But the biggest surprise in the report is that "among the 23 percent of adults — or nearly 1 in 4 — who spent the year in a celibate state, a much larger than expected number of them were twentysomething men, according to the latest data from the General Social Survey."

One factor in the conclusions is an aging population. "The 60 and older demographic climbed from 18 percent of the population in 1996 to 26 percent in 2018, according to the survey," the Post report continues. "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."

One reason? "Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University and author of 'iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy - and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood,' said in an interview that growing sexlessness among America's twentysomethings is primarily attributable to partnering up later in life.

"'There are more people in their twenties who don't have a live-in partner,' she said. 'So under those circumstances I think less sex is going to happen.'"


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