The hook up culture and modern dating may make us think we are having more sex than previous generations. However, check again, because data show otherwise. Sex rates are fluctuating, despite the desperate dependence on technology.
BBC released a report in which they investigated why are people having less sexual contact? In America, there was a 15% drop in sex rates, between 1990 and 2010. Why is that, and how much sex should you be having health wise? We answer your questions right here.
People Are Having Less Sex Than Before
Believe it or not, even with Tinder, people are having less sex. According to the research of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal), British people reported having intercourse less than 4 times a month.
The same source concluded that social media and porn are to blame. In fact, they have even found a strong correlation between high porn consumption, and low marriage rates.
Technology Changed The Perception of Intimacy
Intimacy has changed through the years, especially now that it’s no longer restricted to monogamous relationships. Moreover, technology and outspread of the porn industry have created ”unrealistic standards” for bedroom action.
The research theory investigates that men especially catch a ‘‘porn induced sexual dysfunction.’‘ Furthermore, people who watch more porn tend to have a higher libido, and desire to shag.
How Much Sex Should You Be Having?
Now that we have understood that our sex lives are basically going down hill, let’s discuss how much sex we should have for a ”healthy” intimate life. A 2015 study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science revealed that on average, having sex once a week is a must. Although some couples who do it more are not necessarily happier, but those who do it less reported being sexually unfulfilled.
In conclusion, adults prefer to make love 54 times a year on average, which translates to once a week. However, people with higher sexual arousal will need a bit more than that. The study also insisted on making the difference between ‘’emotional sex” and ”casual sex”, as both have different satisfaction levels. For example, those who have a partner are more fulfilled even if they do it less than someone who prefers polygamy.