Americans just aren’t feeling as frisky as they used to, and the amount of people having sex has dropped to record lows.
According to The Hill, a poll reveals that many people, namely men, are having less sex than typically seen in the United States. Young women, however, report getting it on a little bit more:
Twenty-three percent of respondents, or nearly 1 in 4, reported having no sex in the past year, according to the Post. More than 30 percent of adults reported having monthly sex and nearly 40 percent reported having sex weekly or more.
Young men between 18 and 30 years of age saw one of the biggest declines in sexual activity, with 28 percent saying they had no sex over the last year. The same data from 1989 shows just 14 percent of men of the same age range reporting no sex.
Young women in the same age range, however, report higher rates of sexual activity, with only 18 percent saying they had no sex in the past year.
There are a number of theories as to why sexual engagement is down, including an increase in technology and social media, marriage occurring later in life, and men increasingly living at home with their parents.
One Census Bureau report released in 2017 noted a shocking rise in the number of millennials living with their parents of nine percent, and that marriage aged millennials living with their parents outnumbered those living with spouses 22.9 million to 19 million.
Moreover, the Census Bureau noted as recently as 1975, this number was staggeringly inverted with 31.9 million of the same age living with spouses, and only 14.7 million living with parents.
This can be attributed to several things, such as crippling student debt and a lack of jobs available upon leaving college with an expensive degree. Another potential cause may be due to the fear men, especially younger men, have during the age of #MeToo and false sexual allegations, where even just being accused may destroy your life.