Scientists Reveal Exactly How Much Sex You Should Be Having

It’s everywhere – on TV, in commercials and on billboards to sell products and in films and magazines. Sex is inescapable everywhere, it seems, but your bedroom. A new study has found that Americans are having less sex than they did a decade ago and we’re doing it less frequently than our parents and grandparents did way back when.

OK, now that you’ve got the image of grandma and grandpa getting frisky between the sheets, a recent article in the Archives of Sexual Behavior revealed that people born in the 1930s who were at their sexual peak in the 1960s had the most sex.

No surprise there, given that it was the free loving, anything goes decade, 20 years before the AIDS crisis. But still, there has to be a reason why the study revealed that between 2010 and 2014 the average American had sex NINE times fewer a year than they did between 2000 and 2004. As for married couples they were getting it on 16 times more a year in the early ‘00s than they are today.

But why? If we all know that sex feels great, is good for our health (mental and physical) and it’s everywhere, why on earth are we having it less frequently?

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Why aren’t Americans having more sex?

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Marissa Charles

Born and raised in London, Marissa Charles is an award-winning journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines around the world. Her work has appeared in publications in the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa and France. She loves writing about health, fitness, celebrities, true crime and human-interest stories Her byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including EBONY, the Daily Mail Online, The Guardian, Essence, the New York Post, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan.com, Elle.com and British Glamour. Marissa currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has no children yet but is a proud – and at times embarrassing – godmother.

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