Economics/Class Relations

Young People In The US Are Having Way Less Sex Than Previous Generations

The Sexual Revolution ended up like every other trend. It got boring after a while. Interestingly, women and homosexuals are more sexually active than heterosexual men, particularly lower income men, which is probably the result of widening class divisions. It typically takes money for straight guys to get laid.

By Tom Hale

IFL Science

The age of Tinder is a strangely sexless one, apparently. Most young people in the US are having way less than previous generations, according to a new study. Not only are more adults experiencing long dry spells or totally abstaining from sex, but even the adults who are having sex are having it less often.

Published in the medical journal JAMA Network Open, researchers from San Diego State University and the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden surveyed the sex lives of almost 10,000 adults between 2000 and 2018.

The chief finding was that sexual inactivity increased among men aged 18 to 24 years and 25 to 34 years, and women aged 25 to 34 years over the 18-year period. This trend, however, was bucked by people who identify as gay or bisexual as they were one of the only social subgroups that had not recently experienced a decrease in sexual activity.

It also found that on average one-in-three men aged 18 to 24 years reported no sexual activity in the past year. The most likely groups of men to fit into this bracket were unemployed, students, or lower-income with part-time employment. On the other hand, around one-in-five women aged 18 to 24 years were reportedly sexually inactive in the past year.



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