Study: Americans Are Having Less Sex Than They Used To

A new study reveals American adults are having less sex than they did a quarter century ago, with married people showing the most dramatic decline of all. Published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, researchers found a drop in sex, even when controlling for gender, race, region, education, and work status. Using 1989-2014 data from the General Social Survey, the study found that American adults have sex an average of less than 53 times a year, which is five to seven times less than the 1990s, when they had sex 60 to 62 times a year. When looking at married people, the drop was even sharper– from 73 times a year in 1990 to around 55 in 2014– bringing their frequency of sexual activity below that of never-married people. People in that group have sex an average of 59 times a year. Possible reasons for the decline in sex: less people are now living with a partner, increased access to entertainment and social media, and a decline in happiness among people ages 30+. (Washington Post