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Brits In Recent Years Are Having Less Sex Than Two Decades Ago

Brits In Recent Years Are Having Less Sex Than Two Decades Ago”

The researchers were not able to extract meaningful information between same or opposite sex activities and the changes were exclusive to vaginal, oral, and anal sex.

But the problem is not necessarily how much sex people are having, but how many people are now dissatisfied with the amount of sex they are having.

It was also found sexual activity was on the decline among the general United Kingdom population over this period.

There was a significant increase in people overall reporting not having had sex in the previous month between 2001 and 2012; for men, the number jumped from 26% to 29.2%, and for women, it rose from 23% to 29.3%.

Fewer than HALF of Britons report having sex at least once a week, and, according to the study, rates are declining. Conversely, more than half of British women and nearly two-thirds of men admitted to wanting more sex.

Meanwhile, in the first survey, 13.2 per cent of women who were married or living together said they had no sex in the last month, dropping to 9.2 per cent in the second survey but rising to 15.1 per cent in the final survey.

The frequency of sexual intercourse has declined in several high-income countries, so researchers naturally wanted to see if this held true for Britain too.

Among both men and women who were married or living together, the odds of reporting sex 10 or more times in the past month were roughly halved.

The lead author of the study, Kaye Wellings, Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health Research at the London School of Hygeine, believes the "increasing pace of modern life" may be to blame.

But given the age and marital status of groups most affected, they said the best explanation could be a combination of stress, social media meaning less face-to-face interaction, and the lingering effects of the 2008 financial crisis and the years of recession that followed. "These are men and women who are often juggling work, childcare and responsibilities to parents who are getting older". "If you've been online gaming as a lot of younger people do, watching episode after episode of a box set, your brain just can't cope dealing with face-to-face relationships, which means you're going to have less sex".

"More than half of the men and women taking part in the study said they'd prefer to have sex more often, which could partly stem from unfavourable comparisons with what they think is the norm". In the study, more than 34,000 of Brits ages 16-44 were asked questions about their sex lives.

"Life in the digital age is considerably more complex than in previous eras, the boundary between the private space of home and the public world outside is blurred, and the internet offers considerable scope for diversion".



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