Historically, married people have more sex than single people. But married and cohabiting couples only had sex 56 times in 2014 -- a marked decrease from an average of 67 times in 1989, per the New York Times. Meanwhile sexual activity among un-partnered people has been relatively static, but still low when compared with couples.
And yes, ubiquitous handheld devices that draw your attention away from potential sex do play a part in this. Social media can totally distract you from sex, researchers note, as the study specifically cites Facebook and Netflix as potential reasons that Americans aren’t getting laid as much. In other words, there’s too much stimuli these days to be sexually stimulated.
Anyway, if other research on the topic is to be trusted, this news shouldn’t be that disheartening. Why? You only need a small amount of fulfilling sex to be happy.
[h/t New York Times]