Not getting any? Join the club.
A new study co-authored by researchers at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton found Americans in all age groups are less sexually active than ever.
Viagra? Hook-up apps? The reported new era of free love seems to have been greatly exaggerated.
Researchers from FAU along with those from San Diego State University and Widener University in Pennsylvania culled data from the General Social Survey of 26,620 American adults from 1989 to 2014. They published their results Tuesday in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.
Those particular archives sound like some interesting reading.
But anyway, when it comes to making whoopee, there was only bad news with results showing a drop in sexual activity along gender, race, region, work status and education level.
And what about that “marriage advantage?” That no longer holds true as the rate of sexual activity also fell among those who are married or living with partners. The group went from 73 trysts a year in 1990 to 55 in 2014. Single people said they were having more sex a year with an average of 59.
But those who are married don’t need a study to tell them what they already know.
Not surprisingly sexual activity declined with age. People in their 20s reported having sex about 80 times a year, while people 65-years and older reported hooking up about 20 times annually – which is still pretty impressive.
So if we compare generations, who is the friskiest? Researchers say it was those born in the 1930s, known as the Silent Generation. And who are the most chaste? You guessed it. The millennials.
The decline apparently, according to the study, is not associated with hours worked or pornography use either.
The study didn’t look into the popularity of Netflix. Admit it, you rather be watching the “Santa Clarita Diet” than making love.
Overall, two factors seem to be driving declines in sexual frequency.
Here’s Ryne Sherman, an associate professor of psychology at FAU and co-author of the study, delineating the act of love into the least romantic terms imaginable.
“First, an increase in the percentage of people who are unpartnered, which is interesting considering the availability of the Internet and Tinder age; and second, a decrease in sexual frequency among those who are partnered,” said Ryne Sherman, associate professor of psychology at FAU.
In 1986, 66 percent of American adults had a partner at home, but by 2014 those living with a partner was only 59 percent.
“While we don’t know for certain, we suspect that there are a number of factors that are contributing to this decline including putting off parenthood and parenting later in life, as well as the need for two-income families to make ends meet which can lead to fatigue,” said Sherman.
Oh yes, and there is this little silver lining:
“Also, people are generally less happy now and this may impact their overall satisfaction with their relationships or their marriage,” Sherman said.
Thanks, Sherm. Any other nuggets to cheer up us overworked, sex-deprived, depressed masses in loveless marriages?
The FAU study doesn’t answer this question, however:
Who are these people who tabulate how many times a year they have intercourse? What are they doing, putting notches on their bedpost? Is there a phone app? If not, should we invent one? Curious minds want to know, Sherm. We want to know.