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Around One In Three Young Americans Haven't Had Sex In The Last Year

Around One In Three Young Americans Haven't Had Sex In The Last Year

A new study suggests that one out of every three American men between the age of 18 and 24 years old has not had sex in the last year.

That's more than 63 percent down on the 19 percent of men responding to the same survey in 2002, and offers proof that fewer Americans are having sex in the 21st century.

In the age bracket above - 25 to 34 years of age - double as many, up from seven percent to 14 percent, said they'd not had sex in the past years, either.

Whilst the statistics are varied, this is broadly true across both men and women, but why is this the case at all?

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Well, the researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, said that there is a chance that this is down to the fact that life and work are harder to balance nowadays.

Increases in stress, and the rise of solo activities such as video games have also been posited as potential factors.

The study, which was published in JAMA Network Open, checked out the survey data taken every other year from 2000 to 2018 that included 10,000 men and women between the ages of 18 and 44.

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This particular survey asked questions about the frequency with which respondents were having sex, and the number of partners.

Then, the researchers compared their answers in 2016 - 2018 with results from 2000 - 2002.

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That means that they were able to deduce that people between 18 and 24 years of age are having drastically less sex than their counterparts from earlier years.

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The figures for women are less drastic, with 19.1 percent having had no sex, up from 15.1 percent in the earlier years studied.

Whilst potential factors could be things like mental health issues, and other distractions, they also found that those on lower incomes or without jobs were also likely to not have had sex.

Oh, and the married are having less sex, too.

Everyone is having less sex, basically. It's not just you.

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Co-author Peter Ueda said: "Higher income could mean more resources to search for partners and could be considered as more desirable by such partners."

More interesting, perhaps, will be what happens after the Covid-19 outbreak.

In an accompanying editorial to the report, Dr Jean Twenge, from San Diego State University said: "There are now many more choices of things to do in the late evening than there once were and fewer opportunities to initiate sexual activity if both partners are engrossed in social media, electronic gaming, or binge watching,"

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother. Contact Tom on [email protected]