According to a National Poll on Healthy Aging by the University of Michigan, 40% of those aged between 65 and 80 report being sexually active, and say that sex is an important part of their quality of life. In contrast, a study by the Next Steps project managed by University College London indicates that Millennials are waiting longer to have sex; The Telegraph reports that one in eight of the young people studied were still virgins at age 26. While it’s important to note that virginity is in itself somewhat of a social construct, it is still a notable generational difference.
“The sharp rise in the number of young people waiting longer to have sex may be because of a ‘fear of intimacy’ and the pressure of social media, according to analysts,” notes The Telegraph.
Because the studies were conducted in different parts of the world, this may account for some of the differences. It would be worthwhile to explore results for Millennials in the US and for older adults in the UK.