A recent analysis of 4 million people conducted across 80 countries and 5 continents found that television ownership is associated with a 6% reduction in the likelihood of having had sex during the previous week. The researchers suggest all that time spent catching up on your favorite TV shows is the real culprit.
“Our findings are consistent with people demonstrating some willingness to substitute electronic companionship for human companionship,” said Nicholas Wilson, associate professor of economics at Reed College in Portland, Ore.
Between the television set, streaming content and the smartphone, couples have more distractions than ever. American adults spend more than 11 hours per day watching, reading, listening to or simply interacting with media, according to a study released last week by market-research group Nielsen. That’s up from nine hours, 32 minutes just four years ago.