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Americans, particularly younger folks, are having less sex

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Are fewer Americans having sex?

According to a Washington Post data reporter who crunched the numbers from the General Social Survey, the answer is yes.

Based on the data, it’s particularly the younger folks who are having less sex, with 23 percent of adults ages 18-29 reporting no sex in the past year. The statistics also found that 28 percent of men and 18 percent of women between the ages 18 and 30 reported spending the year in a celibate state. Researchers have attributed the decrease to several factors, including the delay to partner up until later in life, an increase of individuals living in their parents’ home, technology possibly having an impact on sexual habits, as well as women turning down unwanted sex more often.

So what are possible reasons behind the decline? If you’re a millennial, is this something you’ve noticed? Weigh in and call us at 866-893-5722.


Christopher Ingraham, data reporter at Washington Post; he tweets @_cingraham

Daniel L. Carlson, assistant professor of Family and Consumer Studies at the University of Utah