We have less sex than before

Thursday, December 16, 2021

We Have Less Sex Today Than 10 Years Ago [Why?]

By Johnathan P Cumberwell

Seems strange no? That we have less sex today than 10 years ago. And supposedly a lot less than what we had 30 or 40 years ago. Really? I mean, don’t these dating apps enable us to have sex whenever we want..?

Seems that is not the case.

Because according to research, we have less and less sex. And this is not the first time I read about this. This seems to be the world-wide trend.

And a new research study just came out to confirm this observation.

The study examined the responses of almost 9,000 individuals, and focused on how often they reported having penile-vaginal intercourse.

This research study was published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. You find a link to the study at the bottom of this post.

We have less sex

So what did this research study find?

  • While 24% of adults reported not having penile-vaginal intercourse over the prior year in 2009, 28% of adults reported not having intercourse over the prior year in 2018
  • 79% of 14-17 year-olds reported not having sex over the previous 12 months in 2009 while 89% reported not having sex over the previous 12 months in 2018
  • In 2009, the researchers to estimated that the average American adult aged 18-49 has sex 63 times each year. In 2018, it was about 47 times

These are quite telling numbers: We seem to have less sex than before.

Why is that?

The researches mentioned that compared to 2009, adolescents and younger adults are drinking less alcohol, spending more time on social media, and playing more video games.

Those factors may all contribute to people having less sex. But I also think there is one other key factor to sexual activity going down, and not just over the last 10 years, but in the larger context as well:


Our collective health is generally getting worse. There is more overweight, more pollution and people seem to be less active than before.

I believe this is a factor causing people to have less sex as well. In addition to increasing rates of erectile dysfunction.

To read the source article, please go here.