The proportion of US adults do not report any sex in the last year reached a record high in 2018, underscoring the trend line three decades marked by an aging population and the increasing number of single people.
But among the 23 percent of adults – or nearly 1 in 4 – who spent a year in the priesthood state, far more than expected, some of them were Twentysomething men, according to the latest General Social Survey.
Experts studying the bedroom habits of Americans say there are a number of factors driving the Great American Sex drought. Age from & # 39 is one of them: 60 and older demographic has grown from 18 percent of the population in 1996 to 26 percent in 2018, according to the survey. The proportion reporting no sex Sun constantly hovering around 50 percent, so that the age group is growing in relation to all the others, it has the net effect of reducing the total number of population in the probability of having sex.
But changes at the other end of the age spectrum can play an even greater role. Of Americans between 18 and 29 entirely presenting no sex in the last year more than doubled between 2008 and 2018, to 23 percent.
Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University and author of Aigen: Why is Super-Connected children grow less aggressively, more tolerant, Less Happy – and completely unprepared for adulthood, said in an interview with & # 39; nd that growth Asexual among twentysomethings America is mainly attributable to the partner later in life.
Americans in their 30s, 40s and beyond, meanwhile, are much more likely to marry than their 20s. These age groups are now much more likely to have sex in a given year than their younger peers.
The data also show a significant gender gap among twentysomethings.
For most of the past three decades, Twentysomething men and women reported similar figures Asexual. But that has changed in recent years. Since 2008, the proportion of men younger than 30 wholly reporting no sex had almost tripled, to 28 percent. It is much steeper than the increase of 8 percentage points increase noted among his colleagues women.
There are several possible explanations for this, Twenge said. Labor force participation among young people has fallen, especially since the last recession. The researchers also see the "relationship between labor force participation and stable relations," she said.
The study showed, for example, that 54 percent of Americans are unemployed do not have a steady romantic partner, compared to only 32 percent among those employed.
Young people are also more likely to live with their parents than young women: In 2014, for example, 35 percent of men aged 18 to 34 living in the home of their parents, compared with 29 percent of women in this age group . At the risk of stating the obvious, "if you live in the house, it is probably more difficult to attract sexual partners in her bedroom," said Twenge.
The final factor that can affect the sexual habits of Americans of all ages technology. "There are a lot of things to do at 10 o'clock at night than it was 20 years ago," said Twenge. "Streaming video, social media, console games, everything else."
Underlining this point, the proportion of people who have a relationship once a week or more on a downward path: from 51 percent in 1996 to 39 percent now.