U.K. Study Claims Social Media "Turning People Off Sex"

You mean the bedroom is not the best place to check my Facebook newsfeed?

People are having less sex in the U.K. than they used to—and it's all because of modern life. The latest study by the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, which polled 15,000 Brits on their bedroom proclivities, discovered that the amount of times that people between the ages of 16 and 44 make the two-backed beast has dropped to less than five times a month, down from over six times a month from the previous two surveys, in 1990-1 and 1999-2001. As well as the pressures of modern life, the researchers say taking our gadgets into the bedroom is partly to blame.

"People are worried about their jobs, worried about money," said Dr. Cath Mercer of University College London. "They are not in the mood for sex. But we also think modern technologies are behind the trend too. People have tablets and smartphones and they are taking them into the bedroom, using Twitter and Facebook, answering emails." The research also suggested that some couples within the 16-to-44 age range are substituting porn in the bedroom for sex. Perhaps they are mixing the social with the sex via sites such as Pinsex.

A comment on the BBC's story (given the Brits' sense of humor, it may have been written with the author's tongue firmly in his cheek) says it all. "This has hit the nail right on the head! In my situation, it's all thanks to good old Candy Crush (the game). My sex life has nearly vanished thanks to this game. Not just my sex life with my partner but our social relationship as well. The only "thing" keeping us together are the kids. Do I blame social media and Candy Crush? Yes I do, especially after I've done everything in my power to fix this! She's addicted and needs help."

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  • Charles

    Ha ha. I know what you mean. As I mention in Happy City, I found Houten a fairly boring place--just like most American exurban neighbourhoods. The difference is that it fulfils its promise of safety, especially for children, which puts the lie to the false promise of safety in car-dependent American suburbs.

  • Charles

    "People are worried about their jobs, worried about money," said Dr. Cath Mercer of University College London. "They are not in the mood for sex. But we also think modern technologies are behind the trend too. People have tablets and smartphones and they are taking them into the bedroom, using Twitter and Facebook, answering emails." The research also suggested that some couples within the 16-to-44 age range are substituting porn in the bedroom for sex. Perhaps they are mixing the social with the sex via sites such as Pinsex.

  • Charles

    Nice article, although it's perhaps described to be a bit more ideal than it really is. By the sounds of it you visited Houten on a thursday morning, hardly the busiest time of day.

  • Charles

    I feel you've failed to cover that Houten is Hell on Earth. I don't know about American suburbia, but am pretty sure that if American Beauty would've been set in Houten, all main characters would have committed suicide halfway through the movie. Probably not Oscar material.