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American Partners Report Less Sex

American Partners Report Less Sex

In a major reversal from previous decades in terms of marriage and sex, a new study finds that Americans who are married or living together are having less sex.

Researchers found that American couples had sex 16 fewer times per year in 2010-2014 compared to 2000-2004, and nine fewer times per year in 2010-2014 compared to 1995-1999.

The study is published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.

The study is based on data collected from the General Social Survey, a nationally representative sample of more than 26,000 American adults asked about their sexual behavior since 1989.

“These data show a major reversal from previous decades in terms of marriage and sex,” said Dr. Jean M. Twenge, the study’s lead author and professor of psychology at San Diego State University.

“In the 1990s, married people had sex more times per year than never-married people, but by the mid-2000s that reversed, with the never-married having more sex.”

According to Twenge, author of the book “Generation Me,” a critical factor appears to be birth cohort, with later-born generations having sex less often than those born earlier in the 20th century.

In an earlier study, Twenge and co-authors Drs. Ryne Sherman at Florida Atlantic University and Brooke Wells at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University, found that millennials had fewer sexual partners than their Generation X predecessors.

“Despite their reputation for hooking up, millennials and the generation after them (known as iGen or Generation Z) are actually having sex less often than their parents and grandparents did when they were young,” said Twenge.

“That’s partially because fewer iGen’ers and Millennials have steady partners.”

Age also appears to play a significant role. People in their 20s have sex more than 80 times per year, declining to 60 times per year by age 45, and 20 times per year by age 65.

Each year after the peak of sexual frequency at 25, sexual frequency declines 3.2 percent.

“Older and married people are having sex less often — especially after 2000,” Twenge said.

“In a previous paper, we found that the happiness of adults over age 30 declined between 2000 and 2014. With less sex and less happiness, it’s no wonder that American adults seem deeply dissatisfied these days.”

Blame might be placed on the busy lives of more working parents, but the research didn’t bear that out, said Twenge.

Instead, those who worked more hours actually had sex more often, as well.

Source: San Diego State University/EurekAlert

American Partners Report Less Sex

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2017). American Partners Report Less Sex. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 18, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/03/08/american-partners-report-less-sex/117338.html

 

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