Despite the easing of taboos and the rise of hookup apps, Americans are in the midst of a sex recession.
“I’m a Baby Boomer, and apparently in my day we were having a lot more sex than they are today!” – Helen Fisher, American anthropologist.
Both young people and adults are having less sex than ever before. In the space of a generation, sex has gone from something most high-school students have experienced to something most haven’t. The average adult used to have sex 62 times a year; now, that number is 54.
Research continues to show that a healthy sex life is linked to a happy life, and having a partner is a stronger predictor than ever of happiness. Why, then, in this modern era, is sex on the decline?
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