Older Adults Having More Sex than Millennials?

A young person looks at their phone while having sex

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.

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May 2018 Report: Sex after 65. Health, gender differences, and lack of communication

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One Comment

  1. Good article. Very telling stuff.

    As it would seem, the hyper-sexualization of our culture via the Sexual Revolution has actually resulted in the opposite: hypo-sexualization. Many, many more people were having sex back when people got married young a half century or more ago.

    So much of it is social media and the Internet, as well as widespread access to pornography. More and more people are living vicariously online rather than IRL. People get their “mental highs” from “getting likes”, posting selfies at the gym (generally men) or in new outfits (generally women) online, or wasting all of their sexual energy by making use of pornography rather than with an actual real-life partner.

    There have been a ton of studies done on the negative effects of pornography on the libido of men– many men in their 20s and such are actually reporting erectile dysfunction, which they’ve also reported having ceased once they went a few months without using pornography to get off. Other factors as well, such as social awkwardness and lack of drive to talk to girls IRL when making use of porn.

    Many paths, such as Taoism (see: Wikipedia article on “Taoist Sexual Practices”) preach the virtue of “semen retention”, or what it is now known as online the “NoFap Movement”, in order to increase overall energy and vigor for life. Saint Frederich Nietzsche (PBUH) made similar comments in one of his writings, as did Dave Asprey in his work “Head Strong”.

    Other studies have also shown an increase in serum testosterone levels, in men, when one goes for more than a week without ejaculation.

    For something on the more esoteric side of this, check out the essay “Moses, the Great Kabbalist and Alchemist Magi” by Samael Aun Weor. A great work! For something more profane, the website your brain on porn dot com

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