Sexual intimacy does not come out of the blue. When a spark ignites, effort has to be made to light the fire. As they say, it takes two to tango. Nothing happens when there are no two consenting parties. Over time, intimacy is cut shorter and shorter because of certain distractions along the way. The “moment” fades as the attention of one gets caught up with something else. Recent studies reveal these statements to be true. Covering a period from 1989 to 2014, a significant decline of frequency in Americans having sex is attributed to certain factors.
According to the study, “American adults have sex about nine fewer times per year in the early 2010s compared to the late 1990s in data from the nationally representative General Social Survey. This is partly due to the higher percentage of unpartnered individuals, who have sex less frequently on average. Sexual frequency declined among the partnered (married or living together) but stayed steady among the unpartnered, reducing the marital/partnered advantage for sexual frequency.”
These findings were substantial according to which generation the subjects belonged to. Those born in the 1930s were the ones who had sex most often; those called the Millennials born in 1990s were the least to perform. Age had a strong effect on the count. Like for example, those in their twenties had an average of 80 sex per year compared to those in their 60s averaging to about 20. All in all, the most influential factors in determining frequency of sex fall into two: (1) not having a steady partner, and (2) decrease in sexual frequency with those partners.
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Let’s admit: sex is enjoyable but tiring. Sex has many advantages over the disadvantages though, and to cite an example, it has strong health benefits in the long run. A study was conducted proving that sex can actually make a person happier. With all these laid out, why is there a strong decline in frequency? Research says that there are two things to blame: longer working hours and pornography. This is true for a certain age group but one in particular greatly affected are married couples. Although married couples have the advantage in sex because it is easily available, that sex advantage is declining. Married couples had sex an average of 56 times a year in 2014, down from 67 in 1989.
At the same time, the researchers said that more people are single or stay unmarried in their 20s — so they have less sex because they don’t have stable partners. In fact, the percentage of Americans aged 18 to 29 not living with a partner (married or unmarried) increased to 64 percent in 2014 from 48 percent in 2005. The decline did not present clear facts about the decline but researchers attribute it to a decline in happiness or cultural change. Happiness is a good basis for sex performance but cultural change seems ambiguous. Television and the internet are likely to blame as these mostly consumes most of our time.