Not only are more adults experiencing dry spells that last a year or more, the adults who are having sex are having it less frequently. These changes have been most notable among men, especially men under the age of Responses from a nationally representative sample of nearly 10, men and women ages 18 to 44 were included in the study , which was published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open. About half of the adults surveyed between and said they had sex at least once a week.
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Sex, and lots of it, has long been the primary preoccupation of young adults, but more of them are now going months and years without any intimate encounters. New research shows that one of three men between the ages of 18 to 24 have not had any sex during the past year, putting to rest all the talk of the "hookup culture. Men and women aged 25 to 34 in the United States also reported an increase in sexual inactivity and a decrease in sexual frequency during the past two decades, the researchers found. They defined sexual inactivity as no sex at all for a year or more.
But here there is no love, little sentimentality, and almost nothing that could be called foreplay in any innocent sense of the word. The Kama Sutra , graphic and open-minded in its own way, places sex within the context of a refined, humane life, while the Internet focuses on organs and acts. We seem to be obsessed with sex and embarrassed by it. Medieval monks spent hours copying the Bible, while in the margins, called gutters, they would occasionally doodle obscene images and phrases. We do something similar when we create an efficient, clean world of speedy highways and no-nonsense office buildings, while our extravagant sexual images — our dirty thoughts — are funneled into red-light districts, a 42nd Street or a Hollywood and Vine, or into an unregulated highway called the Internet.