Americans – especially those who live as couples – have significantly less sex than twenty years ago, according to a study published Tuesday.
On average, American couples, married or not, have made love 16 times less over the period 2010 to 2014 than between 2000 and 2004, according to this study based on a survey of 26,000 Americans asked about their intimate behavior Since 1989.
If we look at the Americans in general, the decline is less significant, but remains clear. They had nine fewer sex a year over the period 2010-2014 than during the period 1995-1999.
“These statistics reveal a major shift in marriage and sexual relations from previous decades,” said Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at California State University in San Diego, the study’s lead author.
“In the 1990s, married couples had sex more frequently than people who had never been married, but in the mid-2000s there was a reversal, married couples were more sexually active” , He said.
The researchers did not give an explanation for this phenomenon, but noted that age seemed decisive.
“Despite their reputation for having a lot of social contacts, the ‘Millennials’ (reaching adulthood in the early 2000s) and the next generation known as iGen or Z, actually have sex less frequently than their Parents and grandparents when they were young, “according to Professor Twenge.
This is partly due to the fact that these new generations have fewer sustainable partners.
People in their twenties have sex more than 80 times a year on average. This number falls to 60 times at 45 years and 20 times at 65 years.
Each year after the peak of sexual activity around the age of 25, the frequency of reports decreases by 3.2% per year.
Older married couples or not are less sexually active, especially since 2000, says the study.
An earlier publication showed that the sense of happiness felt among adults in the United States declined after age 30 between 2000 and 2014.
“With less sexual intercourse and less sense of well-being, it is not surprising that American adults seem profoundly dissatisfied today,” Professor Twenge points out.