Not getting any? FAU study finds American sex habits at all-time low

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.

What could she be whispering? According to a new FAU study, most likely it is “Not tonight, I have a headache.” (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)

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.

Ryne Sherman, associate professor of psychology at FAU, says maybe people are having less sex these days because they are just simply unhappier. Ouch!

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.

“Honey, I was just wondering if … if … if you would like to watch the new episode of “Game of Thrones?” (Creative Commons)
 Maybe, our love-making has fallen because we are more likely to be living alone.

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.

Sex and Millennials: New FAU study makes surprising finding

With the plethora of social hookup apps and sexually transmitted diseases on the rise, some social scientists have proffered the Millennial generation ushered in a new era of free love.

But a new Florida Atlantic University study blows up that stereotype. In fact, Millennial appear to be as prudish as their great-grandparents.

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Let’s just snuggle. New study finds Millennial are not the hook-up generation – in fact, quite the contrary.

The Boca Raton-based college found many Americans born in the 1990s in particular, are forgoing sex during young adulthood.

The FAU study, just published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, contradicts the widespread stereotype that Millennial are the “hookup” generation that use popular dating apps like Tinder and Grindr.

Millennials are no more promiscuous than their predecessors and are less likely to be having sex than young adults were 30 years ago, according to a survey of almost 27,000 people.

The generation did not report more sexual partners after the age of 18 than GenX’ers born in the late 1960s. In fact, 15 percent of 20- to 24-year-old Americans had no sexual partners since turning 18.

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FAU Associate Professor Ryne Sherman.

The only other generation that showed a higher rate of sexual inactivity were those born in the 1920s, said Ryne Sherman,, co-author of the study and associate professor of psychology in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at FAU.

“Many of the differences between the groups in the recent generations were also significant,” said Sherman. “For example, women were more likely to be sexually inactive compared to men, Whites more than Blacks, those who did not attend college more than those who did, and in the East more than the West.”

So why are Millennials not doing the deed?

For one, as the Pew Research Center observed, nearly one-third of today’s young adults are still living at home, largely because of economic factors like lower wages and social ones, like delayed age of first marriage.

“With more [millennials] living with their parents even post-recession, young adults may have fewer opportunities to have sex,” according to a story in The Daily Beast.