The social networks increase the interpersonal interaction but destroy the personal one, meaning with this the direct relationship man/woman. A study of several American universities (San Diego State University and Austin University of Texas, among others) published on the magazine “Archives of Sexual Behaviours“, elaborated worrying data concerning the USA: in 1990, the Americans on average had sex about 60 to 65 times a year; in 2014, the frequency is decreased to about 53 times a year, a little less than once a week.
At the base of the decrease of sexual activity there are certainly different factors: a world that has seen an increase of people who live in solitude, the disintegration of families, the inability to find work in the place in which one is born, the lack of a stable relationship. The percentage of Americans single people aged between 18 and 29 years increased to 64 % in 2014, from the 48 % recorded in 2005.
Decline in sexual desire
But the situation is also and especially dramatic between married couples or partners, and therefore the reasoning becomes much more complex: in 2014 they had intercourses 56 times a year on average, while in 1989 the average was around 67 times per year.
Specifically, the study analysed the questionnaires completed for the General Social Survey of Chicago by about 26 thousand Americans between 1989 and 2014, by dividing the population into five bands: the Silent Generation, born during or shortly before the Second World War, the Baby Boomers of the years ’50-’60, the Generation X of the seventies, the Millennials (between 23 and 37 years) and the iGen (between 18 and 22).
Young people more chaste
Contrary to what one might think, the younger generations are on average more chaste. In particular, the 15 % of the Millennials replied that they did not had even one sexual intercourse in the previous year, against the 11,2% of the Generation X and the percentage of those who declare at least one intercourse per week is even lower.
Wanting to analyse the phenomenon, the first answer, is the invasion of pornography offered through the web, completely free and sadly self-satisfying. But the study has defined another problem that is much more serious: according to the researchers, a reason could be, at least for the people in their thirties, a generic drop of happiness.
Not fulfilling relations
The relations are not fulfilling anymore also because they are no longer fully lived. Mark Regnerus, associate professor of sociology at the Austin University of Texas, emphasizes how easy it is to see couples dining together but each one attached to their own smartphone and how this certainly has an impact on the couple sexual life.
The rise of the social networks, but also of the TV series in streaming, guilty of having invaded the free time, gluing the young people in their world, preventing them from open towards reality, decreasing the true contacts and therefore, consequently, relations. Also of love.
The elderly active
Paradoxically the trend is reversed with seniority. At the age of 80 people have more intercourses and with greater satisfaction that at the age of 50. This is revealed by a search of the University of Manchester published by The Times of London. According to the study, conducted on a sample of 7 thousand people aged 50 and over, people of both sexes over 80 years have a sexual life “better” than when they were 50 years old.
In particular, women reach more easily a state of excitation and men feel more “compelled” to satisfy their partners. In absolute terms, the survey says that, above 85 years, one quarter of men and one woman in ten are “sexually active”. In short, as long as there is life there is hope…