Researchers: Ubiquitous Technology Probably to Blame for Americans’ Declining Sex Rate

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Americans are having less sex nowadays, and it seems that the ready availability of technology may be the culprit.


A study recently published in Archives of Sexual Behavior (there’s apparently a journal for everything), and reported on by Fortune, says that American adults in the 2010s are having less sex than they were in the 1990s.

Does that surprise you? If so, then perhaps you’ll be less surprised after hearing what the study’s authors believe to be the reason for the decline: entertainment on demand.
According to one of the researchers, Jean Twenge, “Entertainment is more entertaining now, it’s more on demand — you can access it anytime you want. DVRs became more common right around that time, too.”

“Think about what’s happened over the last 10 years,” Twenge added, referring to the explosion in the availability of personal devices, as well as the ability of those devices to access all kinds of entertainment.

Mind you, Twenge’s assessment is somewhere between speculation and hypothesis, and clearly additional research is needed to establish the validity of her claim, but when you think it through, it sure makes a lot of sense.

The good news? The study also learned that those more likely to have sex are in relationships. “Tinder supposedly makes it easier to have sex on tap, but it’s pretty well established that people with a steady partner tend to have sex more often,” says Twenge.

At least there’s that.

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