Why we’re having less sex than our parents did

Allison Yee

In a world where a simple swipe of your finger can result in a sexy playmate magically appearing at your front door, you’d think that we’d be living in a world of crazy, hot and very frequent sex.

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Not true, according to new research which found about 15 percent of adults aged between 20 and 24 claimed they'd had no sexual partners since turning 18.

The study published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour compared that to just six percent of people the same age born in the 1960s. Put simply, that means we’re twice as likely to have less sex than our parents.

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And it seems women are leading the pack with 5.4 percent of millennials of that age being sexually inactive, compared to 2.3 percent of their Gen X female counterparts.

For millennials – those born in the 80s and 90s – it seems sex isn’t the biggest priority, with busy lifestyles getting in the way and more people choosing to live longer at home.

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"There's the possibility that technology has something to do with this," says lead researcher Jean Twenge, who explains there's less time socialising with friends as “there are more ways to entertain yourself”.

While much has been made of the current “hookup culture” of dating apps such as Tinder, experts say it might actually hinder social interaction and how people find partners.

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“It ends up putting a lot of importance on physical appearance, and that, I think, is leaving out a large section of the population,” adds Twenge. “For a lot of folks who are of average appearance, marriage and stable relationships was where they were having sex… [not having face-to-face meetings is] leaving some people with fewer choices and they might be more reluctant to search for partners at all.”

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