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Young Americans' Sex Lives Are Changing

Young men's especially, it seems
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2019 3:20 PM CDT
Americans Have Less Sex—Especially Men
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Guys, really—it's time to stop leveling up on Fortnite. A new General Social Survey shows Americans are having much less sex and young men are partly the cause, the Washington Post reports. The 2018 survey says nearly one in four adults had no sex over the past year, an all-time high. America's aging population played a role, since roughly 50% of 60-and-overs have no sex, and their share of the population has risen from 18% in 1996 to 26% last year. But Americans 18 to 29 delivered the big surprise, with no-sexers more than doubling to 23% since 2008.

"There are more people in their twenties who don’t have a live-in partner," says Jean Twenge, who wrote a book about the younger generation. "So under those circumstances I think less sex is going to happen." That said, the rate of sexlessness among men and women in their 20s—similar for the past 30 years—is now imbalanced, with young men's rate nearly tripling to 28% and young women's rising only 8%. The lack of young men with stable jobs and their own place to live partly explains it, says Twenge. She also points to distractions like social media, streaming, and video games. But it could be worse: Four years ago, 43% of people ages 18 to 34 in Japan said they were still virgins, per ZME Science. (More sex stories.)

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