Sexual Activity among Married People Is Plummeting
It's no secret anymore that populations in many developed countries are having less sex than they once had. This can be partly inferred from the progressively lower birth rates, but there's no shortage of scientific literature documenting the phenomenon for a fact. Notwithstanding the societal issues that this trend might eventually create in the future, there doesn't seem to be an end to it in the foreseeable future.
Several factors contribute to this state of affairs. While the overarching explanation for this might be that the younger generations can afford to delay adult responsibilities in order to enjoy an uncompromised and free life for longer, the equation can be broken down to specific variables impacting, in one way or another, the likelihood of an individual spending the night with a partner.
Too much entertainment
The Internet and technologies of communication are taking over everyone's time in non-subtle ways. Among millennials, and even the generation before them, there's hardly anyone who doesn't have an electronic device to browse the Internet for infinitude of purposes. Show broadcasts (over the Internet or TV) and video games are two of the greatest vices in today's societies. But the very act of seeking a sexual or romantic partner online is also preventing people from having as much sex as they could according to a study led by professor Jean M. Twenge from the San Diego State University. The research included joined efforts of scientists from the Widener and Florida Atlantic Universities in a comprehensive analysis of the large data collected by the General Social Survey in the USA since 1972.
Later and precarious marriages
Marriages are not only occurring at later ages but also being celebrated between people who, for some reason, have less sex than single people now. The same study led by psychology professor Jean M. Twenge shows that the relative patterns of married and single sexual activity have shifted in 24 years: in 1990, married couples were having sex 73 times a year, but only 55 times a year in 2014. Among singles, frequency didn't change significantly over the same period - they were engaging sexually 59 times a year in 2014.
Even the very act of watching pornography might be indirectly stealing time away from real sex. According to another study led by Sociology Professor Samuel Perry from the University of Oklahoma that also analyzed data from the General Social Survey, watching pornography is associated with a higher probability of divorce for married couples. Reportedly, younger couples are more likely to divorce after one of the partners begins to entertain pornography. The porn-watching habit of one partner is often met with mistrust, jealousy and/or hostility by the other, especially if they are young and immature.