Your parents were wrong, not everyone is doing it! Society may be talking more about sex, but they aren’t having it as often as people think. A recent survey published by the University of Chicago General Social reveals that young adults ages 18-29 are having less sex than people within the same age category during 1989 and the 1990s. The decline in sexual activity on a consistent basis is part of the American Sex Drought. What is that?
The American Sex Drought is a lack of intimate relationships. The culprit? People are not getting married like they used to do, and if they are, they are doing so later in life putting ‘I do’ on hold until education and finances are in place.
You can also point to social media as to why this is happening. Hookups are more common than before and young people are less inclined to feel guilty or bashful with having friends with benefits than previous generations.
The real losers here, however, is society as a whole. Statistically, less sex within marriage has been connected to lower levels of happiness and feelings of lower self-esteem. Although it may appear that it takes a lot of confidence to be intimate with someone you don’t have a long-term relationship with, the contrary is actually the case. A study published by Harvard indicated that men who have sex less than once a month are more stressed than men who do and are at an increased risk for developing heart disease.