Breaking news: Americans are having less sex.
According to The New York Times, there has been a decline in sexual activity since 2002, especially among married couples. In the early 1990s and 2000s, Americans were having sex around 60 to 65 times a year. From 2002 to now, these numbers have drastically decreased. In 2014, married couples had sex only 56 times a year. Also, in this day and age, more people are choosing to remain single, which affects these statistics. According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2014, 63 percent of U.S. residents 18 and older had never been married.
Sex is an activity every human participates in at some point in their lives and it’s necessary to us as a species. We also consume sex in various mediums, like film, television and more so now, the internet. So why would we be having less sex if we’re over-exposed to it? There is one significant culprit in this is dilemma: social media.
Yes, social media has become an actual cock block. It has taken over all aspects of our daily lives, and could be distracting people from participating in intimate, human interaction. In the NYT article, social media is cited as one of the cultural changes affecting Americans having sex, along with watching Netflix and playing video games, specifically among the millennial generation.
Although there isn’t a clear answer to what is causing Americans to have less sex, social media is a prime suspect. We have become a digitized society, and how we interact with people is happening more frequently through a screen than in person. Dating apps like Tinder, Grindr, Bumble, and more create situations where you don’t have to meet a person outside of an app, unless you choose to. There is less commitment, and with hook-up culture rising in this era, it’s become less common for a person to be having sex with just one individual. This could be decreasing the amount of times a year a person has sex because for an average young American, hookups may be infrequent.
Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and others are supposed to improve your connection with other people, which it succeeds in, but also serves as a distraction. We spend on average at least two hours a day on social media websites, with teens spending at least nine hours a day, according to Social Media Today. So thanks to social media, we may be missing out on our sexy time.