Britons 'having less sex' than in previous years

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 10, 2019

That's up from around a quarter in 2001, according to the data from 34,000 people.

Less than half of men and women aged 16 to 44 have sex at least once a week, responses show.

It is also worth noting that 16 to 24 year old men were the only age group who reported a rise in sexual activity since 2001, while among all other groups there was a decline.

They give a snapshot of sexual behaviour among Britons.

The proportion reporting sex 10 times or more in the past month increased between the first two surveys (from 18.4 per cent to 20.6 per cent in women and from 19.9 per cent to 20.2 per cent in men), but fell in the final survey to 13.2 per cent in woman and 14.4 per cent in men.

The frequency of sexual intercourse has declined in several high-income countries, so researchers naturally wanted to see if this held true for Britain too.

Those who are having less sex now include people over the age of 25, and those who are married or living with their partner.

Too busy, exhausted or stressed?

"It is interesting that those most affected are in mid-life, the group often referred to as the "U-bend" or "sandwich" generation".

"These are the cohorts of men and women who, having started their families at older ages than previous generations, are often juggling childcare, work and responsibilities to parents who are getting older".

For those couples experiencing a downward spiral in their sex life, another study recently suggested that sleeping in separate beds could help.

Perhaps social pressure to over-report sexual activity may have eased, while gender equality means that women may now be less inclined to meet their partner's sexual needs irrespective of their own, say the researchers.

The decline coincides with increasing use of social media and a global recession, which may be other contributing factors.

Who is having the least sex? By comparison, just over 1 in 5 said they'd had sex 10 or more times in 2001.

But the problem is not necessarily how much sex people are having, but how many people are now dissatisfied with the amount of sex they are having.

A 2017 study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior found that American adults had sex about nine fewer times per year in the early 2010s than they did in the late 1990s.

"Many people are likely to find it reassuring that they are not out of line". If you enjoy the experience you are more likely to do it again.

A Netflix spokesperson told The Sun: "We take pride in being part of the cultural zeitgeist, but getting credit for a decades long decline in sex is beyond even our programming abilities". It doesn't always have to be spontaneous.

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