The rates at which people across the nation are bothered and/or allowed to have sex are falling, with both men and women over the age of 25 finding themselves too busy, too hot, too cold, too full, too irritated or too distracted to bother going through the whole process at all.
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine asked the awkward questions of 34,000 people, and found that just 41 per cent of the population aged between 16 and 44 were actually doing it once a week or more. Sex between married couples declined too, as ever it does, with the drop in sex rates seen across all age groups for women, and in all male categories apart from the 16-24 year old group, who are still, miraculously, getting it, despite their haircuts and tracksuits.
Around one third of all men and women haven't done it at all in the last month, an increase from just a quarter of the sex-age population that had a dry month back in 2001.
The surprising reason given is not that smartphones and Game of Thrones are more interesting than pumping away at someone you don't even really like very much any more. It's a more of a general, all-round time pressure problem for most, with the LSHTM's Kaye Wellings saying it's particularly hitting old-ish people with kids. Wellings explained: "...those most affected are in mid-life, the group often referred to as the ‘u-bend’ or ‘sandwich’ generation. These are the cohorts of men and women who, having started their families at older ages than previous generations, are often juggling childcare, work and responsibilities to parents who are getting older." [LSHTM via BBC]
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