Americans — Especially Married Folks — Having Less Sex Than In Years Past: Study

By Study Finds - February 7, 2021

Despite the perception that online dating has liberalized sexual encounters, a new study finds that Americans are actually having sex less.

Researchers at San Diego State University looked at data from the General Social Survey (GSS), a commonly-referenced sociological survey.

The researchers found the GSS useful in that its representative sample of 26,000 American adults, dating back to 1989, inquires about sexual behavior.

Overall, the study shows that from 2010 to 2014, Americans were having sex nine fewer times a year on average compared to data from 1995 to 1999. Shockingly, this figure increases to 16 fewer instances for those married or living together over an even narrower time period— comparing the four-year period ending in 2014 to a period of the same length ending in 2004.


The videos below aren’t directly related to the article but contain relevant information about the topic.

Young Americans are having less sex than ever
Yavis Breaking News
Jun 12, 2020
3 min, 10 sec

Young Americans are having less sex — and they can’t even blame the coronavirus pandemic for this one.

Sexual inactivity increased among young American men between 2000 and 2018, according to San Diego State University researchers who studied survey data from US adults. Postponement of adulthood and the growth of the internet and digital media could be reasons for why.

Why Americans Are Having Less Sex
The Young Turks
Aug 12, 2017
8 min, 9 sec

Americans aren’t getting it on like they used to. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you why.

“Sex appears to be available more easily than ever before, with numerous dating apps cropping up every day and allowing people to schedule their next hook-ups with just a swipe on their phones. Then there are the committed couples who are assured of a “sure thing” every night, which is also known as “the marriage advantage.”

Despite the ease of accessibility, why are American adults having less sex compared to what they were having around 20 years ago? A paper published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior in March this year found that American adults are having less sex than they did a couple of decades ago. Analysis of data from 1989 to 2014 also showed that frequency of sex among married people saw a drastic decline when compared to unmarried couples or single adults. The paper showed an overall drop in sexual activity across race, gender, region, work status and education level.”

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