Study: People Having Much Less Sex in the UK, but Why?
Fewer than half of men and women in Britain aged 16-44 have sex at least once a week, reveals a large study published by The BMJ.
The data show a general decline in sexual activity in Britain between 2001 and 2012.
There is evidence that regular sexual activity is beneficial to health and wellbeing, but a recent decline has been seen in several high-income countries.
While the researchers have stated that little is known about these trends in Britain and the lifestyle factors associated with them, Recovering Man founder Richard Joy said he believed it was to do with easy-to-access internet adult material online.
He said: “It’s very hard to get solid data on people’s adult material viewing habits as it’s not something people openly share.
“Yet given 30% of the internet is devoted to pornography, one can make a safe assumption that there’s a correlation between people have less sex in the West and viewing adult content online.
“As the internet offers a wide range of genres and novelty, men especially are increasingly drawn to online pornography’s lure.”
Below, leading UK addiction therapist Mark Dempster explains talks about the effects of modern pornography on men:
The surveys in the study were completed in 1991, 2001 and 2012 and reported sexual activity included vaginal, anal, or oral sex with opposite or same-sex partners.
Overall, the data show declines in people having sex between 2001 and 2012.
High-speed internet tube porn came into prominence in the mid-to-late 2000s.
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