Here are reasons why Americans are less likely to have sex than ever before.

Are you married, courting, or maybe you call it dating nowadays? Whatever. It seems millennials aren’t getting married at the same rate as their old folks were doing back in the day. Americans are stereotypically viewed as (love) makers by the world. But in recent years, more and more millennials aren’t getting into relationships than it was. There are several reasons to think that “love” doesn’t exist in the United States. For better, or is it for worst? According to a 2021 survey by the General Society Survey, there are four potentially troubling statistics that’s causing this trend in the US. However, there’s a positive sign, too.

Low Sex Drive In Americans

In the 2021 survey, 26 percent of Americans aged 18 plus stated that they didn’t have sex once over the past 12 months. This isn’t a pandemic effect, but in fact, it’s all part of a long-term developing trend. In 2016 and in 2018, 23 percent (in both years) of adult confessed to not having sex once in the prior year — these were the last years the survey was conducted. But before 2004, the highest percentage was 19 percent.

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Last year, the statistics showed that Americans who had sex once a month or less topped 50 percent. But in 1989, it was around 35 percent or less of American adults who had sex once a month. Factors range from fewer people getting married or an aging population, but results aren’t typical. However, 26 percent of married couples under 60 had sex once a month or less last year. It was 12 percent in 1989 — making the 1980s a sexual boom.

Fewer Relationships

Americans aren’t just having less sex, their opting not to date, or be in domestic partnership, too. According to a 2021 Pew Research Center study of the 2019 US Census Bureau data, about 62 percent of Americans between 25 and 54 years were either living with a partner or had been married. The study found that 53 percent were married, while 9 percent were cohabiting. This figure was well below 71 percent of couples who were living together in 1990 — 67 percent married, and 4 percent cohabiting.

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This isn’t a result of better education and income equality among women who feel they don’t need a man for support — if you thought as much. The statistics are against the odds. The study found that well-educated individuals who earned higher income were more likely living with a partner or married. Most people won’t get married if they are not financially stable, a Pew poll found. There has been an increase in unmarried men living alone (10 points) than that of unmarried women (7 points), from the 1990 baseline.

Few Partners Are Getting Married

Furthermore, people choose to date and also choose not to get married or live together. The statistics confirm this, but something is fishy. Since 1986, the General Social Survey has asked participants if they have had a steady partner. There were 30 percent of adult between 25 and 54 (the same as the Pew study) who indicated that they had not been in a steady relationship. In 1986, it was 20 percent. For this same age range, the percentage never topped over 23 percent in the prior decade.

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In every survey ever since, it’s been 25 percent or more. Surprisingly, the percentage of older people above 55 has steadily stayed the same through their mid-to-high 60s on average. What this means is that, more younger people relatively prefer singledom than older people. And this trend is the same with sex. People aged 55 plus aren’t having sex in the past year roughly as they were not 30 years ago — roughly 40 percent.

Whence Cometh Valentine?

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In a recent Monmouth University poll, merely 55 percent of Americans in relationship confessed that they usually received a Vals Day card as a gift from their partner. This trend suggests that almost all American adult without a partner aren’t receiving Vals Day gifts as much as expected. This is also peculiar with the younger generation. A majority of Americans aged 54 plus (and are in relationships) confessed that they usually receive a give from their partners. What’s really wrong with you millennials? Spice up!

The Upside: Declining Divorce Rate

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Let’s think of it, if people aren’t interested in getting married or staying together, wouldn’t there be a good chance that the few people who do so will less likely break up? Of course, that’s what the survey predicts. According to the Centers for Disease Control/NCHS National Vital Statistics System, divorce rates and annulments was at its lowest in this century as of 2019. There were 2.7 divorces and annulments per 1,000 people among Americans, as compared with 4 per 1,000 in the year 2000. There’s no wonder the declining rate of divorce isn’t a surprise.

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Written by: Nana Kwadwo, Wed, Feb 09, 2022.


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