When over 15,000 people were polled about their sex lives, it was revealed that those aged between 16 and 44 were having sex less than five times a month. To compare, the last two times the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles was carried out this age group was having sex more than six times per month.
The authors of the study say modern life may be affecting our libidos. Dr Cath Mercer from University College London said the following:
“People are worried about their jobs, worried about money. They are not in the mood for sex. But we also think modern technologies are behind the trend too. People have tablets and smartphones and they are taking them into the bedroom, using Twitter and Facebook, answering emails.”
It was also suggested that couples between the ages of 16 and 44 might be using online porn as a substitute for real sex.
The most recent poll, carried out from 2010-2012 found that men were having sex 4.9 times per month, while women were having sex 4.8 times per month. In the previous two reports however (1990-1991 and 1999-2001), the average was over six times per month for both sexes.
The poll also uncovered that more teenagers are having sex before they turn 16, with 31% of teens having now had sex before the age of consent, compared to 29% in the last survey.
Interestingly, the poll also found that at least four out of 10 men and women admitted to having a recent sexual problem, but only a 10th claimed to be distressed or worried about their sex lives. The most commonly reported problem was ‘lack of interest in sex’ with both women and men complaining of this issue.